Celebrate fall by getting lost in a corn maze in Parson

Golden might look like it is becoming a sleepy shoulder-season town, but under the surface, it is bursting with activities for locals.

One very fall activity includes the Columbia Wetlands Outpost’s corn maze. Every weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., people of all ages can get lost. In rows of corn, that is. Many people who visit the corn maze have never done one before, says Marie Pier Desfosses.

“It’s just not something you usually do,” she said. “It’s fun to be lost.”

While weaving through the rows of corn, there are a couple secondary goals. The story goes: Marguerite was working on the farm, when the scarecrow decided to play a prank and hide all of her tools throughout the maze. It is up to you to help her find them all, and collect letters to decipher a word scramble, before you make it out.

On October 12, the corn maze is going to be transformed from its family-friendly fun daytime fall atmosphere, into a creepy haunted corn maze. From 7 to 10 p.m., the bravest adventurers are invited to bring out their flashlight for a nighttime scare. This event is recommended for ages seven and up.

The annual Harvest Festival returns at Columbia Wetlands Outpost on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Live music will be playing all day, with the last show beginning at 5 p.m. Kids can get their face painted, and then enjoy stories at 1 p.m. There will be arts and crafts for people of all ages, pumpkin and honey farm sales, hot dogs, and popcorn all day long. Adults can enjoy craft beer all day long while taking in the activities, and the corn maze will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following weekend, on October 26, a tractor pull and lawn mower race will wrap up the harvest season’s festivities at the Columbia Wetlands Outpost. Those who want to compete can register between 9 and 10:30 a.m., and the event begins at 11 a.m. There will be a hot dog stand, and craft beer. This is also the final chance to try out the corn maze, which will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information about the events, go to @columbiawetlandsoutpost on Facebook, or call 250-348-2215. Columbia Wetlands Outpost is located at 2581 Highway 95, in Parson. Look for the red barn.

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