A good day to be outside, enjoying calm bakes, corn and hay mazes and pumpkin patches. Not wanting to deviate from this fall tradition I went with my family and friends to Maize Valley Market and Winery in Hartville Ohio this weekend.
Maize Valley Market and Winery is open year round with farm fresh Ohio produce, Amish goods and over two dozen wines. But we were interested in the wine and their fall Harvest Happenings events. They claim to have over 100 acres of fun. Apparently their fall Harvest Happenings has been occurring for a number of years because the place was jam-packed with people, scattered among the pumpkin patch, sun ripen grape vineyards and fields.
This weekend they had a pumpkin cannon, unlimited hay rides, “Nashog” races (pig races), petting farm (May to November), corn maze and a Megasaurus, a fire breathing car eating monster! Plus a number of other fun activities for kids, a tire maze and hay bale crawl to name a few. Oh and I almost forgot…wine tasting (at $.25 a glass)!
Unfortunately we arrived late in the day so we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy all of the activities. Shortly after we arrived the Megasaurus crawled out of the nearby woods and proceeded to eat two cars, leaving one severed in half and the other burning, much to the cheers of the boisterous multi-generational crowd.
Walking back down the hill we went into the winery for tastings and to order sandwiches for dinner. The inside of the winery was hectic probably due to their fall harvest. If they continue to draw that size of a crowd I believe they need a few changes with their food and wine ordering to be more efficient. As we sat eating our dinner out on the covered patio we listened to the live music entertainment (or at least sometimes it sounded like music!)
Having had listened to enough of the often off key musical combo we took our wine glasses, remaining bottle of wine, “Hanky Panky” and headed to the eight acre corn maze.
Each year there is a different theme for the corn maze like NASCAR and a Salute to Military. This year’s theme celebrates 150 years of the Pony Express. It was very dark as we approached the maze, with only two flashlights and our cell phones as light. Thankfully we had clear skies and a near full moon; it was a perfect fall evening.
At the entrance we were given a work sheet with trivia questions to answer at clue boxes located throughout the large maze. There was also a map of the maze; smart thinking Michelle took a picture with her cell phone. Ahh, technology and our younger generation, I would not have thought of that!
We were then off, twisting our way through the tall rows of corn stalks, senior citizens wandering in and around the paths lead by my younger brother, (his night out with the geriatrics) attempting to correctly navigate our way through the carefully planned out maze. We spent about an hour in the maze … until closing time, and even with the phone photo we were unable to figure out the maze puzzle. We never found all of the clue boxes or the correct way out!
It was a fun and very affordable evening. It is appropriate entertainment for all ages and as we left we were already making plans to return again … deciding we needed to get there earlier in the day to enjoy all of the activities! We even got a call from the kids on the ride home to check and see if we were “Okay?”