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Get lost in a-MAZE-ing fall fun this year

Published: Friday, September 09, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Views of the Bonnybrook Corn Maze from the Sky 7 drone.

Who doesn’t like challenging their wits and skill against the wily notions of a farmer and what he or she does with a cornfield on a brisk autumn day? 

There are some excellent mazes near Dayton that range from a minor obstacle to mind-numbingly mystifying.  

Here are a few of our favorites:

🌽= Perfect for kids of all ages

🌽🌽 = You might get lost

🌽🌽🌽= Have a search party on standby

🌽 COWVIN'S CORNY MAZE

Young’s Jersey Dairy

6880 Springfield Xenia Road

Yellow Springs

(937) 325-0629 | WebsiteFacebook 

Tasty treats await you at the end of Cowvin's Corny Maze.(Contributed)

About the maze

Open now through Oct. 29, the more than 3.5-acre maze wraps around to more than a mile of pathways. But there’s more to it than just finding your way out. While you probably won’t find the Goblin King within this Labyrinth, you will be given questions, and the answers will help lead you out of the maze. The maze is open on weekends only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Sept. 23, after which it will be open every day during those hours.

Will I get lost?

Young’s Dairy says the maze was designed with children in mind and they haven’t lost a guest in more than a decade. So, if you get lost, I wouldn’t suggest telling anyone.

How long will it take?

The average time spent in Cowvin’s Corny Maze is between 20 and 40 minutes.

Extra

When you’re out of the maze, check out tons of other activities at Young’s including animals, mini-golf, slides, batting cages and more. Plus ice cream!

Cost

$6.50 (ages 5 and up); children under 5 admitted free. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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🌽 BONNYBROOK FARMS

Bonnybrook Farms

3779 State Hwy. 132

Clarksville

(937) 289-2500 | WebsiteFacebook

Bonnybrook Farms on State Route 132 in Clarksville features a 5-acre Crazed Corn Maze. Clues to solve the corn maze are based on characters like Thomas Edison and Wright Brothers in the farm’s Adventure Wagon Ride and are located throughout the corn. The Crazed Corn Maze is a traditional design says owner Bonnie Mercuri and is fun for all ages. http://bonnybrookfarms.com/fallfarmdays/ TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

About the maze

Bonnybrook Farms, about 45 minutes south of Dayton in Clarksville, features its Crazed Corn Maze as part of its Fall Farm Days celebration from Sept. 30- Oct. 29, noon to 6 p.m.   

Will I get lost?

Bonnybrook Farms adds a twist in navigating your way around the 6-acre maze. Challengers are asked a series of questions pertaining to local history throughout the journey. The directions they take all depend upon their answers. That said, the maze is designed so entire families can get in and get out in a reasonable amount of time.

How long will it take?

If you’re an Ohio history buff, you can get out in about 20 minutes. If you’re not into bringing up the past, it’ll be about a half hour.

Extra

There are a number of other things to do at Fall Farm Days, including petting farm animals, Clodhopper Golf, Giant Slingshots, archery, wagon and pony rides and more.

Cost

Admission and parking are free.

Children 4 and under are admitted free to most attractions with a paid adult admission. The Crazed Corn Maze costs $7 (or two tickets). Farm wristbands, allowing unlimited access to other Fall Farm Days attractions, can be purchased for $30 each.

>>VIDEO: Bonnybrook Corn Maze

🌽🌽 NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM

4972 LeSourdsville-West Chester Drive

Liberty Township

(513) 779-3228 | WebsiteFacebook

The Niederman Family Farm corn maze for 2017 looks challenging.(Contributed)

 

About

The Niederman Family Farm has been in operation through four generations, dating back to 1948. The family began offering attractions like tours, paintball, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze to offset the rising costs of farming. This year’s Fall Fest runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 29.

The farm is open Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday hours from 6 p.m. to 9p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesdays are available for large groups.

Will I get lost?

The farm has made their 14-acre maze a little more challenging in recent years. So it’s certainly possible you’ll take a wrong turn somewhere. 

How long will it take?

The maze takes about 15 minutes, but, if you’re the type that likes to look around before making your exit, it could take up to three hours.

Extra

The Niederman Family Farm sells various treats to help you stay energized for your journey through the maze.

Cost

Admission is $11 at the gate. You can get a slight discount by ordering your tickets through their website. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

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🌽🌽🌽TOM'S MAZE AND PUMPKIN FARM

4881 Germantown-Liberty Rd.

Germantown

(937) 866-2777 | WebsiteFacebook

Corn Mazes

About

The folks at Tom’s Maze like to boast that “it’s more than just a regular corn maze.” This being their 20th anniversary, they’ve turned their eight-acre cornfield into a commemorative puzzle, which you have to solve to help you get through it. There’s three miles of pathways to make your way through in the process. The maze is open Sept. 15 through Nov. 5; Thursdays (noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 6 p.m.).

Will I get lost?

Most assuredly. This wasn’t nominated as one of the top 10 corn mazes in the state for nothing. There are various bridges and 12 puzzle pieces to locate. If you get frustrated, there are helpers within the labyrinth to help you out. Water stations are also located at the bridges to quench your thirst, but the main bridge you’re looking for is Victory Bridge.

How long will it take?

The staff at Tom's Maze says most people make it through in about an hour during the daylight hours. However, it can take two hours or more once the sun goes down.

Extra

Hayrides and orchard rides are available. The farm also offers a kids play area, pumpkin painting, a corn cannon, campfires and more.

Cost

$9 (children 5 and under admitted free with paid adult). Free admission for active duty military and vets with identification Sept. 15-17. 

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🌽🌽 APPLE COUNTRY FARM MARKET

2323 U.S. Route 42

Spring Valley

(937) 862-4376 | WebsiteFacebook

Getting there will be all the fun with Apple County Farm Market's maze.(Contributed)

 

About

This family-owned and operated farm uses its fall celebration to give back to the community by donating proceeds to the Greene Memorial Hospital Foundation Circle of Victory, which supports cancer patients in Greene County. The farm will be open Sept. 9 through Nov. 4, Fridays (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturdays (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sundays (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

Will I get lost?

Probably. The farm says it’s normal for people to get lost in the 11 acres of the “Maize” (get it?), which features two bridges and 10 stations to add to the difficulty. If you get lost, you can ask one of their helpful “Corn Cops” to point you in the right direction. However, if you’d like to bail out with as few witnesses as possible, there are halfway points cut into the maze to allow for an instant exit from the madness.

There is also an interactive “Simon Says” maze for children 5 and younger.

How long will it take?

The Maize takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete.

Extra

Hayrides and orchard rides are available. The farm also offers a kids play area, pumpkin painting, a corn cannon, campfires and more.

Cost

Adults (14and up) are $9. Youth admission (13 and younger) is $7. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

🌽🌽 IDLE-HOUR RANCH

4845 Fenner Rd.

Troy

(937) 339-9731 | WebsiteFacebook

Safari-themed corn maze at Idle-Hour Ranch near Troy from 2016.

About

Run by the Iddings family since 1999, this animal sanctuary was opened to the public in 2007. However, it’s only open for 66 days out of the year, so it’s best to take advantage when you can. This year’s corn maze is open Friday and Saturday (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 6 p.m.), from Sept. 8 to Nov. 5.

Will I get lost?

There’s a good chance you will. You must collect messages located at 22 stations hidden within the six-acre maze and complete a booklet. Those who make it out the fastest are in the running for a free season pass for next year.

A kids maze is also available.

How long will it take?

It takes about an hour and a half to get through the large maze. It takes about 15 minutes to successfully negotiate the kids maze.

Extra

Idle-Hour Ranch also offers hayrides, bonfires, movies shown on the barn up until 10 p.m. as part of their Flashlight Nights on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cost

Before 6 p.m.: $10 (ages 3-12), $12 (ages 13 and up), $10 (ages 65 and up)

After 6 p.m.: $10 per person (ages 5 and under admitted free).

Special rates for military and first responders.

Tell us about your corn maze. Send an email with photos and all of the details like you see above at contact@dayton.com

Christmas display in California sets world record

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ 4:04 AM

Christmas tree.
Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images
Christmas tree.(Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images)

The executive director of a California holiday display said San Jose's Christmas in the Park has set a Guinness world record, KGO reported.

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Jason Minsky said the 600 illuminated Christmas trees in one location set the world record. The paperwork has been accepted by Guinness, KGO reported. It will become official after Christmas in the Park documents all of the trees on video.

According to the Guinness World Records website, the previous record was 559, held by the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas tree maze at Herald Square in New York City.

The official lighting of the 38th annual Christmas in the Park tree display in San Jose occurred Friday night. The display will remain open through Jan. 7, KGO reported.

Dayton bucket list: Rustic hike and gigantic pancake adventure

Published: Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 6:36 AM
Updated: Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 6:36 AM

Built in 1802, the historic Clifton Mill is an operating water-powered grist mill. The restaurant inside the mill offers a wide variety of dishes. Guests can also walk around the grounds to view pieces of history and rustic charm.(Connie Post)

Add this to your autumn bucket list: a beautiful hike along the river that leads to a quaint country restaurant inside the only operating grist mill in the area.

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I’ve hiked the trails at John Bryan State Park in every season, in every month, and my favorite time of all is in September and October.

Subtle changes are already occurring in the foliage, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources predicts peak color in our area will happen in late October.

Here are 5 things to see and do while you're there:

THE AREA’S MOST SCENIC TRAIL

Amid peak fall color, hikers walk the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail in John Bryan state Park that follows the course of the Little Miami River and is wide enough for two people. John Bryan near Yellow Springs is considered by many to be the most scenic state park in western Ohio.(JIM WITMER)

Take the main entrance into the park and go past the camp store. Stay straight and you’ll go down a long winding road to the lower parking lot. From here, hike along the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati Stagecoach Trail along the course of the Little Miami River that cuts through the limestone gorge.

The park’s camp store attendant Andi Williams told me this is her very favorite trail in the park. “The whole thing is about history,” she said.

WOOLLY BEARS

(HANDOUT)

Williams also said she’s already spotted a couple woolly bear caterpillars. According to folklore, these black-and-rust-striped fuzzy Isabella tiger moth larvae forecast the coming winter -- the more black and less rust, the harsher the winter.

Be on the lookout for woolly bears and other caterpillars, but remember some species are poisonous, so leave them alone.

BADASS JUMP ACROSS THE GORGE

Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, located just east of John Bryan State Park, is a great hiking destination.(DaytonWanderingdotcom.files.wordpress.com)

Then continue on the trail. About 75 minutes from the time you started, you’ll come to an historic marker. This is where in 1778 Cornelius Darnell, one of the men in Daniel Boone’s party, daringly jumped across the gorge to escape the Shawnee who were intent on torturing him to death if they captured him. In a few minutes, you’ll reach the Clifton Gorge parking lot. Follow the road a couple blocks for one of the best country-style meals in the area.

HISTORIC GRIST MILL

Built in 1802, the historic Clifton Mill is an operating water-powered grist mill. It provided cornmeal to federal soldiers during the War of 1812.(Connie Post)

Clifton Mill was built in 1802. The water-powered grist mill provided cornmeal for federal troops during the War of 1812. Stroll around the grounds and check out the covered wooden bridge, wishing well and 1940s Gas Station Museum. During December, people come from all over the region to see Clifton Mill's stunning holiday lights.

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RIDICULOUSLY HUGE PANCAKES

Ever had a cornmeal pancake? Here's one at Clifton Mill. All the pancakes are plate-size.(Connie Post)

Sit in the restaurant and enjoy looking out the window at the waterwheel. The menu is extensive. After a brisk hike, consider the Country Eggs & Cake – two eggs, with one gigantic buckwheat, buttermilk or cornmeal pancake and your choice of pecan-smoked bacon or sausage for $8.49. The pancake is as big as the plate – no joke! I highly recommend the pancake experience. Another of my personal favorites is Clifton Mill’s “Eggs Benedict,” which two poached eggs and old-fashioned ham on a toasted biscuit with Hollandaise sauce for $8.25.Now, it’s time to go back the way you came.

Want to go?

WHAT: Clifton Mill restaurant

WHERE: 75 Water St., Clifton

HOURS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday

INFO: 937-767-5501 or http://www.cliftonmill.com/restaurant.htm

Cincinnati Zoo expecting baby rhino soon

Published: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 1:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 1:09 PM


            The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s female black rhino Seyia. (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s female black rhino Seyia. (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)

There will soon be a new zoo baby in town.

WATCH: Baby hippo Fiona makes her outdoor debut at the Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo’s black rhino, Seyia, had an ultrasound that showed that her fetus has moved into the correct position for birth, according to a social media post by the zoo.

In 2015, zoo officials brought black rhino Faru from the Atlanta Zoo to breed with Seyia.

20-story hip-hop museum to open in New York in 2018

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

A rendering of the proposed Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Mega-Complex (Illustration courtesy of Hip-Hop Hall of Fame)
A rendering of the proposed Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Mega-Complex (Illustration courtesy of Hip-Hop Hall of Fame)

A neighborhood that birthed hip-hop heavyweights like Q -Tip, Doug E Fresh and Mase will soon be the backdrop of a massive museum.

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The first phase of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, projected to cost $150 million, will open in Harlem next February, according to Newsweek. Hip Hop Hall Fame, a nonprofit that aims to preserve and conduct research on the socioeconomic and cultural impact of hip-hop music, announced the plans for the museum last week.

The first phase of the new project is slated to include a cafe, a gallery, a visitors bureau and a gift store on the ground floor, and on the second floor, a museum, event space, offices and a multimedia studio, according to a news release.

The second phase will expand to 20 stories and include a hotel, mall, gift shop, an arcade, concert lounge and restaurant.

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James “JT” Thompson, who founded the Hip Hop Hall of Fame in 1996, has been working to bring the hip-hop museum and complex to life for several years, according to the New York Post.

“This has been a labor of love. It’s had its valleys, mountains, peaks and falloffs,” Thompson told the Post in reference to museum plans halting following the deaths of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.

Pending the successful fundraising campaign for the museum, Thompson will see the fruits of his labor after 20 years.

“Hip-hop is about empowering yourself, moving beyond the music,” he told the Post. “The HHHOF and I have a duty and responsibility to preserve this rich history of music and culture.”