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ZANESVILLE — This year, McDonald’s Greenhouse owner James (“’Old”) McDonald cut his corn maze design to honor Ohio’s First Farmers — the American Indian.
“Before we had fences and farm equipment, Native American Indians taught settlers how to survive off of the land,” said Old McDonald.
Now in its eighth year, the corn maze is a family tradition. Every year, Old McDonald sees the same families make their annual trek to the farm.
They gather up the grandparents and cameras each fall to get a hayride, pumpkins, mums and fresh apple cider.
Back this year, the farm is offering pick-your-own pumpkins.
“What better way to spend a crisp, autumn afternoon, than learning by having fun?” said Old McDonald. “In addition to our other activities, we also have a new tee-pee in the Enchanted Forest where visitors can take a peaceful walk, see the native trees labeled and see an Indian encampment. Other ventures include touching a hornet’s nest or oily lamb’s wool, handling beaver-cut logs and flint-made tools, bunnies, goats, pigs, chickens and more.”
For $5 per person (age 2 and under are free), one can defeat the five-acre corn maze, pet farm animals, take a hayride, play in a giant shelled corn box and lasso a longhorn.
“Put on your jeans and boots and head on out to the farm. This is fun for all generations,” said Old McDonald.
McDonald’s Greenhouse encourages preschoolers, school children, scout groups and church congregations to contact them now to schedule ahead for an enjoyable time.
The corn maze and activities run weekends from Sept. 7 through Oct. 31, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m., and weekdays and evenings by appointment.
Call 740-452-4858 or visit mcdonaldsgreenhouse.com for information.
Located on Route 93, just 2.5 miles north of the Adamsville exit 157, McDonald’s Greenhouse has been family owned and operated since 1995.