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Great Pumpkin 50th Anniversary Corn Mazes

Great Pumpkin 50th Anniversary Corn Mazes

As a child, one of the great treats around various holidays was watching the Charlie Brown specials. Halloween was always  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

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Basically Linus has unshakable belief in a Halloween character named the Great Pumpkin. Just like children at Christmas hoping to see Santa, Linus attempts to stay up all night to see the Great Pumpkin.

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Every year farmers plant acre upon acre of corn in unique patterns to create corn mazes. With the help of companies like Maize over 90 farms across the United States and Canada are featuring the Peanuts gang and a Great Pumpkin theme to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. You can locate them here.

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I am lucky enough to live close to one of them. Most years Bart and I do a corn maze together. However, Bart has a lot of allergies that are triggered by farms and he seems to be catching a cold.  I tried to invited my granddaughter to go to a corn maze but she was preoccupied. That being said, Yesterday, I made a solo trip to Livermore, CA and visited G&M Family Farms.

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I want to point out that even though Halloween was a week and 1 day away it was 77 degrees when I arrived.

Beyond the cool corn maze, G&M Family Farms also features:

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A Pumpkin Barn featuring several photo opportunities along with various types of pumpkins and gourds.

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There are Farm Animals for a petting zoo including sheep, llamas, and cows. The sun was bright so it was difficult to get pictures of the animals.

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I saw a Straw Hay Bale Maze which is great for the little ones. It creates the feeling of going through the fall maze without being overwhelmed by the height of the corn and the inability to see where they are.

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I really liked the pumpkin patch! The pumpkins were not on the vine, but they were scattered in tall grass. Kind of like an Easter egg hunt but with pumpkins! The farm also provided Radio Flyer Wagons for people to cart their pumpkins back to the parking lot.

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There was two sections of pedal cars for the kids to race in. The photos below  are children  riding on the course for the smaller children.

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Barnyard Playground with a tire swing, bars, rings, climbing ropes, and a slide kept a lot of children busy while their parents took a much needed break.

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As a child, I loved Pony Rides! I loved horses in general.

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There was a cute Cow Train, there was a staging area  which consisted of hay bales to form lines for each cow cart.  great pumpkingreat pumpkin

The bbq catered by sauced and spirits was incredible! I had the Pull Pork BBQ sandwich with Pig Candy Sauce. There was so much meat! It was so soft and omg the sauce was incredible They added a side of apple cider coleslaw. I have always had an aversion to coleslaw. I told myself I was going to try it to tell you guys what I thought, but in the end I could not bring myself to even taste it. I  did enjoy an ice cold Sprite with my lunch.

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Sweet and Mellow was there as an Espresso Food Truck. I didn’t get a beverage because the thought of espresso just makes me miss Thomas Hammer from when I was in Idaho.

They have a game called Barnyard Blasters where you shoot tennis balls at tin targets featuring farm life. The cannons are pretty loud, so the staff instructs participants to put on the provided noise canceling headphones.

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Through out the farm there were various photo opportunities like the one below.great pumpkin

Overall, I had a really good time. I got lost in the mazes. There are two by the way. One is Snoopy and one is Charlie.  I also had fun watching the children with wide eyes filled with wonder. It was a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

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