Lubbock pumpkin patch grows family memories

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 10/06/2013 10:40 pm

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Patti Simpson and her husband were just regular farmers, until they decided that they wanted to have a little bit more fun.

"We just saw this as an opportunity to diversify our farming operation. So, we gave it a try that first year. It was a hit. We've done it ever since. This is our thirteenth year," Simpson said.

So, they took their corn crop and created "The Maize."

"It's a unique place to come out in the country to get away from town and slow down. It's a different pace when you're out here," Simpson said.

An antique hay ride will take you to a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin right off of the vine.

"A lot of people come back every year and make it a tradition," Simpson said. "It's amazing, we've seen kids from the time when they were little bitty, and now they're teenagers. So, it's been really neat."

It is one tradition the Peaslee family will not stop any time soon.

"This would be our fourth year. Four years in a row. We just do it every October. It's where we get our pumpkins for carving our Jack-O-Lanterns. It's just fun," the Peaslee family said.

After you pick your small, or big pumpkin, you can get lost in the corn maize.

"It's about a mile and a half walk. It's a pretty good walk. There is a half way point where you can stop and take a break if you want to," Simpson said.

You can also use the corn cannon to shoot out ears of corn, take horse back rides, and eat delicious food.

"But mainly just a place to come slow down, let your kids play and get away from technology," Simpson said. "We've got a lot of hay out here, plants, it's just a great place to come and have a unique experience with family and friends."

Food, rides, family, and pumpkin picking. No matter how big or small. The Corn Maize also holds a special Halloween maze called "Field of Screams." It will be open October 23 through October 31, nightly from 7 to 11 p.m.
Normal hours for the general public: Friday 5-10 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm; Sun 2-10 pm. Admission: adults $6; children ages 5-12 $4; children under age 5 free. Season runs September 11 through November 27.

For more information, visit their website here.

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