Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 10, 2012

A harvest of learning and fun

3D corn maze opens Saturday at Salisbury farm in Boyd County

DURBIN — Beginning this weekend, a new 3D corn maze on a farm in Durbin will provide an opportunity for family-friendly fun.

The maze seen from an aerial view is in the shape of a large pumpkin with the words “Riverview Farm Pumpkin Patch” and a small pumpkin is in each of the four corners, said Rhonda Salisbury, who lives on the farm and is principal of Boyd County High School.

“We’re hoping it will be something everyone can enjoy. We’ve never done a maze like this here,” Salisbury said.

Visitors will be given game sheets and can find their way through the rows of corn by stopping at the 30 activity stations throughout the maze. At the stations, they can use 3D glasses to complete activities and navigate though the different sections of the maze, which are divided by colored rope. For example, some stations have history questions and others have pictures to be rubbed onto game sheets with a pencil.

“It gives the kids something to do, and it’s a family activity they can all do together,” Salisbury said. “It’s a clean fun thing for kids to do, and there are not lots of things like that around here.”

The maze also includes a sections just for children, where five activity stations include finger painting, charades and other games. The farm will also offer hayrides, a petting zoo, a concession stand and pumpkins for sale.

Some students from the high school will be brought to the maze during school hours, Salisbury said, adding the project provides a great educational opportunity for students and teachers.

“The farm is a gold mine for problem-solving activities. ... It’s educational for school groups, and teachers can make it as educational as they want,” Salisbury said.

Salisbury said plans for the maze started about a year ago, and it has taken much research and work to make those plans become reality.

“We did lots of researching. We found out the corn has to be planted double for a maze because it has to be thick. There was lots of preparation,” she said.

The 3D corn maze at Riverview Farm in Durbin will open Saturday and run through Nov. 3. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For the Halloween season, the hayride will be transformed into a haunted ride and some scary, but not too scary, features will be added to the corn maze, Salisbury said. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for ages 13 through 18, about $3 for ages 6 through 12 and free for ages 5 and younger.

The farm is about six miles from Interstate 64 on U.S. 23 southbound on the left, near the river.

For more information, call Salisbury at (606) 465-8024; to make group reservations, call Sarah Boggs at (606) 923-2738.

SHANNON MILLER can be reached at smiller@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2657.

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