Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

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The Epitome of Harvest Activities
Author: Scott McCullough

When you think of fall, your thoughts have to include two activities that define the season – pumpkin patches and corn mazes. The laughter of kiddos fills the air with delight as they scamper among the gourds and stalks. While there, shop for gifts, seasonal décor, fresh fruits and vegetables, and (you guessed it) ... pumpkins.

Now thru November 1, 2014, make several trips to the Beggs Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival, a dozen miles north of Sikeston. In addition to a huge corn maze, they have pig races, gemstone mining, a rope maze and a long list of other activities. There is so much to do, one day might not be enough. Snacks, drinks, popcorn, corn dogs, homemade fudge and other goodies are sold.

Head out to the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, October 11-12, 2014. This small town of 103 citizens has been throwing one of central Missouri’s most popular fall events since 1991. Yes, they have tones of pumpkins, pumpkin carving and painting and pumpkin pie eating contests, but the activities don’t stop there. Crafts, games, music, food and other attractions are sure to keep you busy.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout October 2014, (other days by appointment), Deep Woods Farm and Pumpkin Patch is full of excitement, with hay rides, a corn maze, farm animals, games, a kiddy train and many other fun outdoor activities. Their country store, inside the 1929 red barn, has pumpkins, dried gourds, winter squash and gift items. Hot dogs and other snacks are available. They are on Route 133, six miles east of Crocker.

Also on Saturdays and Sundays in October 2014, have the best of both worlds at the Kenney Family Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, way out in the country, about ten minutes north of Stockton. Activities there include corn cannons, hedge apple slings and a giant corn-stalk tepee.

Uncle Buck's Pumpkin Patch, seven miles southeast of Dixon, opens Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 2014. Uncle Ben offers all of the standard attractions, plus mini-golf, a bounce house, kiddy train, a petting zoo and ziplines. This place is great family fun.

Weekends thru November 1, 2014, get lost in one of the largest corn maze complexes in the Midwest. Two miles south of Liberty, The Liberty Corn Maze comprises seven separate mazes, perfect for a variety of ages and challenges. Throughout the maze, there are several bridges that elevate each adventurer to the top of the corn for a birds-eye view of the maze; if you’re lost, this allows you to form a new strategy to get out or venture deeper into the maze.

Right next door you can enjoy Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch, where you can ride a wagon into the pumpkin patch; ride on a railroad; watch pig races; mine for gems; and savor delicious country foods and snacks. Oh, yes, and grab a pumpkin or two.

Wherever you end up, just have fun, relax, savor the wonderful fall air and keep your eyes pealed for The Great Pumpkin. This year you might even have to make that fresh pumpkin pie you’ve often talked about. Show us where you went and what you did; post some comments and photos on our VisitMO Facebook page.