The colors are changing, and temperatures are dipping. Autumn is officially here. I’ve got a great destination to find some family fun and celebrate the harvest season.
You may have had a friend recommend shopping at Oregon Dairy for their selection of quality foods. That was the vision of Mr. and Mrs. Earl D. Hurst when they purchased their bucolic farmstead in 1952. Their dream was to provide their friends and neighbors with delicious products right from their farm. After raising 10 children, the Hursts acted on their dream and opened their dairy store in 1974. Since then, it has grown to include a full-scale supermarket, bakery, restaurant and ice cream shop. Oregon Dairy also remains a family-owned, functioning farm. Maintaining that connection to the original farm inspired Oregon Dairy to create a corn maze.
Since its inception in 2010, the corn maze has contributed to the growth of other fall-related activities. A daytime trip to the farm also includes activities such as pumpkin picking, the high-powered Punkin’ Chuck’r, hayrides, the Straw Mound Playground, Tire Minion Playground, Barrel Train Rides, Bounce Pad and, one of our personal favorites, the new Corn/Gourd Launcher. The Oregon Dairy Food Trailer is stocked with some delicious treats in case you get hungry.
As for the corn maze, the popularity of the flashlight maze prompted an extension of hours. Wednesday through Sunday evenings, you can bring your own flashlight and see if you can brave the maze in the dark. Fair warning: the corn maze can be tough to navigate in the dark, not to mention it’s a little spooky. Fortunately, the maze is also open during the day, Friday through Sunday.
For the runners out there, be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, October 12, and register for the Corn Pickin’ 5k. The race starts (8 a.m.) and ends at the Corn Maze Barn, crossing scenic farmland, winding through the Landis Homes community and taking a final lap through the corn maze. This is considered a trail-running race and will be held rain or shine. Be sure to bring your younger runners for the kids’ dash afterward. The proceeds from the races will go toward assisting residents of Landis Homes.
For details, visit oregondairy.com.