Howell Farm corn maze now open on weekends through October
Howell Farm opens its corn maze for the 2017 season with one of the most challenging courses yet.
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Howell Farm's 21st annual Corn Maze opens with wild and wooly challenges for those prepared to navigate its 10-foot-tall corn and match wits with its MazeMaster. The maze is a giant, walk-on puzzle whose pathways form the image of a shepherd and flock of sheep, a familiar sight at the nearby Howell Farm.
Maze-goers who find the puzzle pieces can solve its three-way game board and will be eligible for prizes, boasting rights and top billing on the maze’s big scoreboard. Those seeking the ultimate challenge can try solving the maze in the dark, when moon, stars and lamplight are needed to find the way out. Team-building challenges for schools, community groups and businesses are available on weekdays, by reservation.
General admission is $10 for ages 10 and older, $8 for children ages 5-9 and free for children 4 and under. In September, the hours of entry are noon until 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and Thursday, Sept. 21. In October, entry hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The maze is also open on Columbus Day from noon to 4 p.m. On all dates, the maze closes one hour after the latest entry time.
The maze includes a courtyard with music, games, photo-ops and pedal tractors for kids. Hayrides, food, a farm stand with pumpkins, and the farm's traditional hay bale maze is also offered. In connection with the maze theme, shepherd and working dog trainer Gene Sheninger will demonstrate the art and science and herding sheep with border collies during special presentations during the weekends of Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15.
The maze is the annual fundraiser of the all-volunteer Friends of Howell Farm, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Proceeds from the maze are used to support the farm's historic preservation projects and its educational programs for schools.
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. The corn maze is located on Valley Road one mile west of the farm. GPS address: 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township, N.J. 08530. The farm's Visitor Center and historic site are located at 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township. Visiting hours at the farm are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org or www.mercercountyparks.org.