Cornfields offer a-maze-ing fall fun
September in Northeast Tennessee means a crispness to the air, the smell of burning leaves, mums and pumpkins adorning front porches and, at Fender’s Farm, Redneck Zombie Paintball.
If a haunted corn maze isn’t enough to get your blood pressure up, at Fender’s in Jonesborough you’re invited to board a farm wagon and take out animatronic zombies or live zombies, depending on whether you go during the day or are brave enough to go after dark.
Here’s a list of what area farms are offering this corn maze season.
Cleek Farms and Corn Maze
2233 Cleek Road
Cleek Farms will open on Sept. 14 and close on Nov. 2. In addition to its five-acre corn maze and the Farm of Fears, the farm will offer school field trips (by appointment only); group party packages; hay rides; pumpkins and fall decorations; a cow train; a corn bin; a jumping pillow; and live music. A cornhole tournament will be held beginning at 11 a.m., Sept. 21.
September operating hours are 5-9 p.m., Thursdays; 5-10 p.m., Fridays; and noon-10 p.m., Saturdays. Operating hours in October are 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays and 1-6 p.m., Sundays.
Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older; $8 for ages 4-12; and free for children 3 and younger with a paying adult.
Hours for the Farm of Fears are dark to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. Farm of Fears admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children. A combo ticket for both the regular corn maze and the Farm of Fears is $15 for adults and children.
254 Highway 107
Fender’s Farm is an adventure for all ages — laughter by day and screams by night. Open Sept. 13 through Nov. 3, the farm offers a seven-acre corn maze and three-acre Field of Screams.
Fender’s also offers fall decorative items, pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, a corn train, a fire pole, a jumbo tunnel slide, pig races, tether ball, an animal barn, calf roping, a helicopter swing, wagon rides, a pumpkin train and a sports complex.
New this year is Redneck Zombie Paintball. Participants will board a farm wagon with paintball guns mounted to the wagon. As they ride through the zombie grounds, by day they will fire on animatronic zombies. At dark, they will experience live zombies along with the animatronic zombies.
Daytime paintball admission is $10 plus tax; nighttime admission is $15 plus tax.
The theme of this year’s seven-acre maze at Fender’s Farm is “Amazing Brain.”
Admission to the maze is $11.95 for ages 12 and up, $9.95 for ages 4-11 and free for those 3 and under with a paying adult. Admission includes 45 different activities.
Haunted activities include the WQUT Field of Screams, the Insane Inn, Buried Alive and Maniac Maze. Admission is $10, $15 or $20, depending on how many haunted activities are purchased.
Hours are 4-9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 4-10 p.m., Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays; and 1-6 p.m., Sundays.
Kim’s Crazy Corn Maze
Walnut Tree Farm
(276) 762-5481 or (276) 254-9661
Get lost on the farm Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 13 through Oct. 31, at Kim’s Crazy Corn Maze. Take an old-fashioned hay ride with an antique tractor. Pick a pumpkin right out of the patch. Play the mystery game and work your way through the four-acre maze. Concessions are available as well as fall decor, handmade crafts and primitive signs. Admission is $8 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under. Operating hours are 6-10 p.m., Fridays; 2-10 p.m., Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m., Sundays.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punkin Patch Farm
984 Cowans Creek Road
A family-owned working farm, the Punkin Patch is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year and will be open from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, offering a corn maze, fall decorations, hay rides and a petting zoo.
Hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mondays through Friday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays; and 1-8 p.m., Sundays. Allen Hicks Bluegrass Jam Sessions will be held every Saturday.
A fall harvest celebration is set for Sept. 28, with gospel singing to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit the Punkin Patch Farm Facebook page or send email to email@example.com.
Stickley Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
531 Timbermill Private Drive
(423) 306-9994 or (423) 306-2173
Stickley Farm’s 2013 corn maze season opens on Sept. 20. Hours are 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays (October only); 6-11 p.m., Fridays; noon-11 p.m., Saturdays; and 1-6 p.m., Sundays.
Corn maze prices are $8 for ages 12 and up; $7 for children ages 6-11; and free for children ages 5 and under. Hay rides are $2 each. The haunted maze, open on Friday and Saturday nights only, is $10 per person, regardless of age. A combo ticket for both the regular and haunted corn mazes is $14.
Other attractions include the jump pillow, picnic area, pumpkin patch and concessions.
New this year is Ziplash, a 1,000-foot zipline. The zipping season opened in July. Ziplash hours are noon-8 p.m., Saturdays; and 1-8 p.m., Sundays. Tickets for the zipline are $15 for the first ride, and $5 for each additional ride.
The 2013 Stickley Farm Doubles Corn Hole Bash is set for Oct. 19.