When Farmer and Mrs. Guffey opened Guffey Acres in 2009, they wanted to create a community outlet that combined education, agriculture, and fun. A trio of mazes winds across more than 7 acres, coaxing guests on a labyrinthine journey that can last up to two hours, and nightfall brings spooky figures around every twist and turn as one maze transforms into the haunted Field of Screams. Outside the maze, the corn-related reveling continues with hayrides, cobs launched from the corn cannon, and playtime in the farm’s corn box, which is like a sandbox but more delicious, according to many goats. When the corny carousing has run its course, head to the barn to learn fun facts about animals or tour the pumpkin patch on a 10-barrel train. If all that farm fun conjures up an appetite, visitors can reenergize with treats on Cole's Concessions' dining porch.
Beneath their joke-slinging exterior, comedians can be fiercely competitive. When vying for club bookings or working material at open mic night, their desire to be the best bubbles up and sharpens their wit. So when Indiana Comedy Festival puts a $5,000 prize on the line, it turns the competition into a war. Across three weeks and 14 cities, 20 comedians fling their best anecdotes and observations to make it to the finals and get within a mic-stand's reach of the purse. These are no amateurs, however; many of the contestants boast credits from such programs as Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and The Bob and Tom Show.
Ever since Buffalo Bill and the Ringling Brothers roamed the streets during their winter off-season, Peru, Indiana has been filled with the circus spirit. More than a century later, it's still putting on a dynamic show. Located in downtown Peru, the Circus City Festival Museum tells the story of this local cultural tradition, from the city's first performances to the present day. Its halls are filled with collections of vintage photographs and educational displays alongside circus miniatures, costume pieces, and props. These artifacts tell the story of the show's evolution and that one time the roman rings performer totally stole the trapeze artist's boyfriend. Meanwhile, the Peru Circus' own colorful wagons are on display outside the museum throughout the day, and before and after each performance. While these exhibits preserve the circus' past, an on-site gift shop guards its future; proceeds go to support the Circus City Festival and Peru Amateur Youth Circus program.
Twenty-four aircraft have been restored and put on display at Grissom Air Museum, allowing visitors to get a close-up view of pieces of aviation history. The museum's planes range from B-17 Flying Fortresses to aerial drones and Japanese airliners.