Corn Maze: The Perfect Fall Activity

Hope you all had a great weekend! T and I, along with three of our friends and fellow youth leaders, spent our Saturday taking twelve high school students to a corn maze and fall festival at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop, CA, about an hour and a half away from our hometown.

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Our friend M and T, getting ready to venture into the maze.

Our friend M and T, getting ready to venture into the maze.

And away they (we) go!

And away they (we) go!

That is a lot of corn.

That is a lot of corn.

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Some of our students (and one responsible leader in the corner).

Some of our students (and one responsible leader in the corner). Photo courtesy of that leader.

A few more students. Photo courtesy of the kid in the black shirt.

A few more students. Photo courtesy of the kid in the black shirt.

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Me and T, without any students.

Never mind the fact that we probably should have been supervising twelve teenagers in a giant maze of corn.

Never mind the fact that we probably should have been supervising twelve teenagers in a giant maze of corn.

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Those stalks were probably eight feet high.

There were lots of other things to do at the festival as well. You could paint pumpkins or try blasting them out of giant cannons as far as possible, go on a train ride or hay ride (which apparently was really lame, according to all of our students), go zip lining, try out a ropes course. There were tons of families hanging out in the kids’ area, which had activities like go-carting, panning for gold (or something that looked like it), a pirate show, and lots more. And of course, there was the haunted house, in which, I’m told, some of our high school girls only lasted about five seconds before they ran out screaming.

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A few of our students enjoying the pumpkin patch.

A few of our students enjoying the pumpkin patch.

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Oh, and did I mention the fact that there was a mechanical pumpkin? That’s right, not a mechanical bull. A pumpkin.

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There was a wide variety of food options, mostly things you would expect to find at a festival like this. It did take T 45 minutes to get one plate of funnel cake, which turned out to be good but not quite worth waiting that long. The bathroom situation consisted of two long rows of outhouses and portable hand-washing stations, which wasn’t ideal, but I guess there aren’t many other good options for accommodating that many people. Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be taking our students back next year!

Do you have anything like this near you? What’s your favorite thing to do at a fall festival?

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