If you’re looking for something fun to do with the whole family, and don’t feel like driving out of town, R.A.M. (Ron A. Macedo) Farms in Turlock is featuring the A-mazing Pumpkin Patch and 20-Acre Corn Maze open to the community, located at 716 N. Daubenberger.
Last year was the first time the Macedo family offered the Corn Maze, in addition to the Pumpkin Patch, to the community, and this year’s maze is just as successful. The maze, which was 15 acres last year, has expanded to 20 acres and features additional paths for visitors to travel through. Visitors are also provided with a map before entering the maze, which is shaped like Frankenstein’s head this year. There’s no right or wrong way to go through the giant maze, but there are about 10 checkpoints throughout to help visitors gain their bearings. Or, if visitors prefer for an easier walk through, there is also the ‘Skull’ path which takes visitors all around the border of the maze.
Not only is there the maze, there are also tons of other fun activities available at the Pumpkin Patch area for kids and parents alike. Other features include Pumpkin Bowling (which also allows visitors to keep the pumpkin if it doesn’t break during the game), a Peddle Tractor area for children, a smaller haystack maze, food, drinks, and Farmer Ron’s Scary Pumpkin Shed, a walk-through haunted shed full of fun and scary Halloween decorations.
“We really enjoy doing this for the community,” stated Karen Macedo. “It’s great to see the parents here with their children enjoying everything.”
Macedo’s daughter designed the 20-acre maze. The family then used a GPS device to mark the design of the maze onto the cornfield, which was then marked with paint to indicate where the paths should be located. Macedo’s son and his friends then cut down by hand the corn stalks where the paths would go.
The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze are both open daily from 10am to dusk during the weekdays, and 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Also, every Friday and Saturday night, from 6pm to 10pm, is ‘Freaky Flashlight Night’ where visitors are permitted to bring their own flashlights to go through the maze for a more ‘spooky’ experience.
Regular admission into the corn maze during the week is $8.00 per adult, and $6.00 per child ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Admission for the Freaky Flashlight Nights is $10.00 per adult, and $8.00 per child. For the Freaky Flashlight Night, an adult must accompany children between the ages 6 and 12, and children under 5 are not recommended.
Pumpkins are also for sale in the Pumpkin Patch area, which features more than 40 varieties of pumpkins, from Halloween jack-o-lanterns, to various gourds and delicious winter squash. All pumpkins are gathered from the field and ready to be taken home.
The corn maze will be open to the public until Halloween. After Halloween, the Pumpkin Patch will still be open to the public until Thanksgiving, however, only on weather-permitting weekends.
R.A.M. Farms will be holding a pumpkin carving contest on Saturday, October 27th, with no entry fee.
For more information, visit www.ramfarms.com.