Rock City's Enchanted MAiZE Opens Sept. 19

Monday, September 9, 2013 - by Meagan Jolley

Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE reopens on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Blowing Springs Farm for its 12th season, every Thursday through Sunday from Sept. 19 to Oct. 27. This fall’s maze design commemorates the sesquicentennial of The Civil War with the 150th anniversary logo as the layout of the corn.

The public can interact with their favorite animal at the Critter Corral (www.bagbyscrittercorral.com), this season open Fridays through Sundays. Some of the animals venturing to the farm are Jerusalem Donkeys, rabbits, sheep, goats, a miniature Scottish Highland Cow, a miniature horse, an Alpaca, a potbellied pig and more.

Other fall festival activities onsite include an all new kids’ pumpkin patch maze, where kids can make their way through a maze of pumpkins and pick one to take home. There are also hayrides, the cow train, Coca-Cola Playground, Fairyland Forest Makeovers, bean bag toss, corn slingshot, pumpkin painting and inflatables. Plus enjoy delicious food like homemade funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos, kettle corn, hotdogs and chicken tenders. Additional charge for some activities, hours vary depending on activity. For operating times, go to www.enchantedmaze.com.

Blowing Springs Farm is partnering once again with Cherokee Area Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachia, continuing their social and environmental responsibility in co-advocacy for the Chattanooga area. New educational programs are also available this fall! Visit enchantedmaze.com for more info on this year’s event. 


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