Plant City Family Hosts First Ever Corn Maze

By Kathy Collins

If you are looking for something different to do this fall that is fun and family friendly, get everyone together and head to Plant City and try the Futch Family’s Fox Squirrel Corn Maze. Third generation brothers and sister Carson, Janet and Wayne Futch have been preparing all year long for this wonderful family event.

The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is the first of its kind in Hillsborough County. The maze is located on the Futch family’s ranch, Single R Ranch. This working cattle ranch has been in the Futch Family since the 1920s. Janet said, “Our ranch has been in our family for decades. We wanted to do something that would allow people to visit and enjoy the ranch in its natural state. We feel that this is a great way to preserve our working cattle ranch and help sustain the rural culture.”

The family has adopted the clever slogan, “Can You Out Fox Our Squirrely Maze?!” Make it through the maze, and you can purchase a T-shirt that reads “I Out Foxed Your Squirrely Maze!”

In addition to the maze, there will be a pumpkin patch (pumpkins are an additional cost), corn box, horseshoes and cornhole game. Janet said, “Families can hop on the hay wagon for a beautiful tour of our family farm which occupies more than 200 acres of Florida’s finest flat lands, palmettos and wildlife.” Janet added, “You may even spot a few turkeys on your journey.”

If you like great food, crafts and canned goods and preserves, stop in Squirrely’s General Store. There will be all kinds of tasty food such as barbecue sandwiches, tater dogs, fried veggies and homemade brownies.

Admission is $7.50 for children and $8.50 for adults. Children under two are free. MasterCard and Visa are accepted, but cash is required for food and other vendors.

The Futch Family Farm is open from Saturday, October 13-Sunday, November 11. The Farm is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 Noon-6 p.m. Fridays are available for groups. Spots will fill up fast, so contact the Futch family now to reserve a spot for your group. The farm is located at 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. in Plant City.

For more information,visit www.foxsquirrelcornmaze.com.