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Oct 27, 2014
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It’s All About The Maze, No Treble

Patti and James Simpson started At’l Do Farms in 2001 with 12 acres of land, a small concession stand and a ticket booth. More than a decade later, that 12 acres of land has turned into a sprawling 60-acre site that’s filled with two mazes, concessions, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and a corn cannon that you can hear from hundreds of yards away.

At'l Do Farms

At’l Do Farms

Now in it’s 14th season, At’l Do Farms has found it’s stride and is welcoming thousands of guests each and every week.

Admission into the grounds is $10 a head, free for children 4 and under, which includes access to all of the activities inside, including both mazes, the hayride, cow train, the amazing corn cannon, access to the barnyard and the hay bale maze. On Saturday and Sunday, you can saddle up and take the reins on a horse for only $5.

Take aim with the corn cannon!

Take aim with the corn cannon!

So how in the world do the Simpsons map out and carve the intricate designs into their farm? They definitely haven’t enlisted any help from extra terrestrial beings. Sorry folks, no crop circles here. It’s not plowed down with any GPS-enabled tractor either. According to James Simpson, the process begins in late June with the help of a company in Utah.

“This year, our son drew up a design of the At’l Do Farms logo and we sent it out to the folks in Utah,” Simpson explained. “They process the drawing and send us a dotted, black and white map of the design. From there, it’s completely up to us.”

After 14 seasons of fun, the Simpsons have it down to a science. They begin by planting the corn in June which helps the crop to stay green throughout the season and well into the fall. Once the seeds are placed, they use the map and step off the pattern with a special herbicide which prevents the seeds to grow. With a little elbow grease and about 40 hours of man power, the Simpsons let Mother Nature do the rest, and the maze will grow.

The At'l Do Farm Corn Maze in all it's glory.

The At’l Do Farm Corn Maze in all it’s glory.

This year is particularly different with the addition of a smaller maze called, “The Fairy Tale Trail.” This bite-sized maze is easy to navigate and can be enjoyed by the smallest of visitors. Another one of our favorite features is the special hayride that takes guests through “Pumpkin Hollow”. As soon as the sun sets, you’ll begin to see over 150 hand-carved pumpkins that will illuminate under the moon lit sky.

Don’t fret if you get hungry along the way. The Hungry Crow is there to save the day with a variety of special items, including burgers, brisket wraps and specialty items like the apple blossom. This delicious treat may be simple, but the taste is out-of-this-world good. They top the apple with warm caramel syrup and a hearty helping of whipped cream. Oh, and you can’t let all that corn go to waste! Be sure to grab a roasted corn on your way out. Add your favorite combination of seasons and enjoy. Just don’t forget to grab a napkin or two.

Apple Blossom.

Apple Blossom.

Bite into a delicious roasted corn.

Bite into a delicious roasted corn.

As the beautiful weather in the South Plains continues, get out and get lost at one of our favorite outdoor attractions!

Fast Facts:

Where: At’l Do Farms, 6323 FM 1294, Lubbock 79415. It is located 3/4 of a mile west of Frankford Ave (FM 2528) on FM 1294. When all else fails, “Google It”.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 8.50.45 AMWhen: Now through November 15.

Hours:

Wednesday 6-9 pm
Thursday 6-9 pm
Friday 6-9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 2-9 pm

Cost: $10 for all attractions, excluding horse rides. FREE for children 4 & under. $2 off for military, seniors or students with a valid school ID. Cash and credit cards are accepted.