Amanda Adams, owner of Stony Creek Farms, points to the instructions kids must follow to play a game in the corn maze. In this game, six farm animals stole Farmer Joe’s apple pie. He chased the animals into the corn maze, but the kids playing must help him by finding the animal tracks.
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By John Hummer
Stony Creek Farms, on Stony Lake Road in Napoleon, is now home to a 13-acre Napoleon Pirate-themed corn maze. The farm is owned by Amanda Adams. It is her first year doing the corn maze.
Prior to the corn maze season, the farm also had a nine-acre sunflower maze. It had 35 different varieties of sunflowers.
“We thought it would be something fun for the community for families to come out and do,” Adams said of the maze concept. “We’ve got a half-mile for little kiddos and there are games posted throughout the whole maze that they can play.” In addition, there is a corn crib with a whole lot of shelled corn for kids to play in as well as gravity wagons where kids can play basketball.
For the bigger kids, there is a two-and-a-half-mile maze. Although there are no official age cut-offs, Adams said the longer maze is probably fit for kids eight and up. There are games throughout the longer maze as well.
Amanda Adams, owner of Stony Creek Farms, now has a 13-acre corn maze developed for people to come out and enjoy. There are plenty of games for children and adults both in and out of the corn maze, a petting zoo with several different animals, as well as arts and crafts items and pumpkins for sale.
For the “older crowd” there is a three-and-a-half-mile maze with no games. It is simply a maze to walk through and find your way out of. There are also arts and crafts available for purchase, as well as Indian corn, corn stalks, and other fall items. There are adult games available to play including Horse Shoes, Cornhole, and Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe.
The mazes are not lighted; hence the farm is only open until 7 p.m. (See hours at the end of the story.)
For Halloween, Adams has a little extra planned. “We’ll have people dressed up in the corn mazes and the little kiddos will be able to come in here and trick-or-treat and get candy throughout the mazes,” she noted.
In addition to the corn mazes, the farm features two bounce houses for smaller children. There is also a petting zoo where kids can buy food to hand-feed some of the animals. The petting zoo has kunekune juliana mini pigs. “They’re just itty-bitty piggies,” Adams said. It also features a female Holstein heifer calf, a handful of Swiss heifers and steers, three Nigerian dwarf goats, a pot-belly pig named Piggly Wiggly, a six-month-old donkey, and an assortment of ducks and geese.
Say hi to Donald and Melina, a pair of Nigerian Dwarf goats. They are just a couple of the animals that will greet children at the petting zoo at Stony Creek Farms.
Adams has three daughters that participate in 4-H with some of the animals at the farm.
There are several sponsors of the Pirate corn maze including Modern Waste, Jim’s Auto Body & Collision, B&B Hardware, Napoleon Bee Supply, Willbee’s Transit Mix, Billy White Roofing, Columbia Animal Clinic, and Mid Michigan DJs.
Future plans call for a haunted corn maze, flashlight night, glowstick night, and other surprises once the lighting is installed throughout the corn mazes. That will likely happen next year.
Hours of operation of the corn mazes and Stony Creek Farms are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is an admission fee to enter the farm.
For more information, find Stony Creek Farms LLC on Facebook.