Corn mazes bring a little bit of intrigue as well as fun to fall activities. At West End Creamery in Whitinsville, the 6-acre corn maze is the centerpiece of the family farm’s weekend Fall Festivals.
This year the maze will honor first responders: police, fire, and emergency services. Police, fire, and EMS logos are cut into the corn, along with a big “thank you.”
Winding through the maze can be a quick walk or a casual stroll, says Owen Cooper, who’s in charge of marketing for West End Creamery, and there will be staff in the maze to help visitors navigate.
For those looking for a challenge, Owen says he has arranged a scavenger hunt in the maze, with items such as an old style firebox, handcuffs, first aid kit, and fireman’s boots. Visitors can submit a completed card, and there will be a drawing for $50 at the end of the season.
The Fall Festival includes a host of activities for kids: corn crib, pumpkin picking, barnyard jump, duck races, cow train, pedal carts, tractor tire mountain, and bunnyville.
New this year is a tug-of-war setup and “Who’s your pumpkin?” There are also some new animals in the barnyard, said Owen.
The complete schedule of events and activities and prices are online at www.westendcreamery.com/fallfestival. The farm is at 481 Purgatory Road in Whitinsville, just off Exit 6 of Route 146. Open Fridays from 3-6 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sundays noon - 6 p.m. Last day of the season will be October 25.
…………Barbara Van Reed