Owosso Speedway has been revving up enthusiasm for racing since 1939, populating its track with pro late models, pro stocks, five-wide racing sport stocks, road-shaking open-wheel modifieds, and more. Stock-car fanatics can fill lungs with the sweet scent of burnt rubber during Owosso Speedway's five race dates in May. Witness the whirring blur of pro drivers tearing up the track with a variety of powerful, growling mechanical beasts as they drift, draft, and zoom their way around or through their opponents and up the standings. Watchers can bear witness on April 30, when a gaggle of events like demolition enduro, trailer races, and push/pull train races coalesce into the mass motorized mayhem of Carnage Night, and celebrate opening day on May 7 after a grueling off-season of making engine sounds to themselves at work. The races on May 14 and 21 also feature cars racing around, and a kids' bike giveaway and autograph night closes out the month on May 28.
From the air, the pathways at Country Corn Maze come together to create detailed images of cows, stock cars, tractors, monuments, presidents, and various other American icons. From the ground, though, they seem to wind endlessly without any sense of reason, providing adventurers with acres of maze to lose themselves in.
Each year, the Martindale family collaborates with Maze Play Inc., which uses computer-aided design software and GPS-directed tractors to carve out intricate pieces of art. The Martindales’ life on the farm and the culture of the rural Corunna countryside inspire the shapes of their mazes, which can range from a pictures of a farmstead to an homage to the firefighters of 9/11. After construction is complete and the maze walls have grown to the proper height, they invite guests to explore the 5-foot-wide pathways during the day or at night by flashlight. To keep patrons energized while they wander the corn labyrinth, Country Corn Maze also provides seasonal produce and concessions in its 1900s-era barn, from warm donuts to cups of hot organic cider or cocoa.
Certified Equine Appraiser Gord Wadds and his wife, Debbie, dedicate their 50-acre ranch to training horses as well as humans in everything from Western pleasure and equitation to hunter under saddle and reining. Gord’s career spans four decades and both sides of the Atlantic, including a record 103 American Quarter Horse Association pleasure points earned on a 2-year-old horse in 1974. He credits part of his success to understanding equine psychology, a skill he passes on to students through lessons, clinics, and seminars. The ultimate goal: to prepare each rider for events, including world shows, major circuits, and weekend shows.
Oak and maple trees nod their shaggy heads in the breeze over The Emerald Golf Course. The gentle pop of clubs against golf balls floats from four sets of tees, set among easy hillocks crisscrossed by a stream. Past tufts of wildflowers, carts hum along, carrying players to a driving range or a pro shop brimming with clubs and golf apparel like RoboCop’s bag when he’s going on vacation. The clubhouse spills the aromas of burgers crowned with guacamole, tapenade, and sautéed jalapeños.
####Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,619 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees