By Kathy L. Collins

Mazefoxsquirrellonglogo[1]Fall in Florida is a great time for outdoor activities, including the Futch Family’s Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City. The third annual fall festival event at the Single R Ranch, located at 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. in Plant City, will take place from Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 26 on Saturdays and Sundays. The gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Guests are asked to exit the maze by 7 p.m. Fridays are reserved for pre-arranged groups and field trips.

The Futch family spends all year preparing their five acre corn maze for this family friendly event. The Single R Ranch is a working cattle ranch that has been in the Futch family since the 1920s.

Janet Futch said, “The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is such a great way to kick off the fall season in Florida with family and folks of all ages. It’s a fun filled day in the maze, going on a hayride and playing games on the Single R Ranch. The beautiful oaks make a great spot to just sit back, relax and enjoy what nature has to offer. Our family is excited to welcome you to our little slice of heaven.”

In addition to the main attraction, there are plenty of other activities for the whole family.

Futch said, “We also have lots of beautiful pumpkins to choose from, lots of games to play such as old fashioned horseshoes, badminton, volleyball, duck races, rope-a-steer, corn boxes, a playground set and more.”

Kids will love the balloon artist and pumpkin painting, and adults will love the honey, jams, jellies, boiled peanuts and kettle corn. Food vendors will offer delectable delights such as lemonade, snocones, hamburgers and fried pickles.

And if that is not enough, a tractor pulled hayride offers a glimpse of wild turkey, deer, cattle, raccoons and even the namesake of the maze, the ever frisky Sherman, the fox squirrel.

Admission is $10 plus tax for adults, $9 plus tax for youth (3 to 17 years old) and kids age 2 and under are free. Group rates are available. Cash, Mastercard and Visa are accepted for admission, but vendors accept cash only.

For more information and to arrange for group trips, e-mail futchentertain ment@comcast.net and visit www.foxsquirrelcornmaze.com.