Pumpkin patches, corn mazes dried out, reopen for business
Posted October 14, 2016
Updated October 15, 2016
Last weekend was a tough one for the region's pumpkin patches and corn mazes - and the farmers who run them.
On what might have been one of their busier weekends, most - and probably all of them - had to shut down because of the downpour and high winds on Saturday and because of extremely muddy conditions on Sunday.
After perusing websites for a variety of farms and corn mazes this week, it looks like many in the Triangle are ready for business this weekend. (But it's always a good policy to check before you go in case something has changed).
Jennifer Dunn, events manager at Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville, tells me she's fielded hundreds of calls from moms with concerns that the farm is too muddy or that it suffered too much damage to visit. The farm was closed last Saturday and Sunday, but reopened Monday. It operates daily.
"Our farm has completely dried from Hurricane Matthew and all of our play areas and fall attractions are open," she said. "We are actually located at the highest peak in Franklin County, which allowed the farm to drain very quickly as soon as the storm passed."
Hill Ridge wasn't the only farm to get much more than a soaking. Granville Haunt Farm didn't really sustain much damage at all, owner Grey Blackwell tells me.
Our Halloween and fall fun database lists the pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween events in the region.