A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going “outside” offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in cornfields. Leave the indoors with today’s Groupon to the Corn Maze Festival at Timberline Farm in Belleview. Choose from the following options:
- For $4, you get general admission for one (up to an $8 value).
- For $8, you get general admission for two (up to a $16 value).
- For $16, you get general admission for four (up to a $32 value).
The Corn Maze Festival is held from 3 p.m. to dusk on Friday and 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturday and Sunday, from September 30 through October 31.
Timberline Farm’s tree-lined parameters enclose the Corn Maze Festival’s cornucopia of autumn activities. Visitors parade through a maize jungle’s winding matrix of trails to ruffle feathers and fur at the petting zoo, stocked with the animal kingdom’s finest chick and goat subjects. Hay wagons and trains chug past a bird display and a corncrib, permitting passengers to disembark and disguise mugs behind face paint or carry on a one-sided conversation with Babe the Famous Pig. Live tunes weave between blacksmiths hammering out steely masterpieces and clowns tickling funny bones to escape the seriousness associated with their daytime jobs as investment bankers who happen to wear face paint. Patrons astride ponies flick reins to keep steeds trotting or foxtrotting, and nearby shoppers peruse handcrafted spreads laid out by local vendors (cost of merchandise not included with today’s Groupon).
At Timberline Farm, spanish-moss-draped trees form a verdant canopy above goats, which frequently bleats and accompanies a chorus of giggling children. Since 1988, the Franco family has tilled the farm’s cornfields and raised herds of goats, cows, and pigs. Now, the third-generation farmers welcome families onto their land for year-round educational exhibits and activities. Come fall, farmers transform the cornfield into a vast maze, and springtime ushers in the Butterfly Festival, when hundreds upon hundreds of sticks of butter take to the sky. Exhibits aim not only to introduce visitors to agriculture, but also to spotlight traditional trades, such as blacksmithing and butter making.