By: Lauren Harper
With fall beginning to take its course and many locals becoming more and more excited about the change in season, the Anne Springs Close Greenway and Springs Farm are launching a new festival to kick off autumn.
This year’s Fall Festival debuts on Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m at the ASC Greenway Nature Center (enter off Hwy. 21 Bypass). Organizers are hoping to attract people of all ages with the many activities they have in store for this festival. These include a three-acre corn maze, pony rides, wagon rides, a kids’ hay maze, and corn hole. There will also be a pumpkin sale with pumpkins supplied by the Peach Stand, which is partnering with the Greenway for the festival.
The corn maze featured in the festival is rectangular-shaped with three circular designs within the rectangle. In preparation for the maze, the corn was planted in June and is expected to attract many adventurous people, especially youth groups. The maze will be open throughout the festival, and glow-sticks will be provided for those looking to tackle the corn maze at night. Along with the many attractions, there will also be concessions, with food ranging from barbeque sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs, to whole, roasted corn-on-the-cob. Face painting booths and clowns creating balloon animals will also be featured in the festival, and a beach music band will be playing throughout October.
Greenway Director Bill Steele said he is expecting the festival to be “a family-fun event with things for all ages.” Steele also said that he hopes people will become aware of all that the Greenway has to offer, including trails and kayaking. Leaders are hoping for the festival to be a hit, and for people to come out and enjoy the great atmosphere. Steele said he is anticipating that festival-goers will love the mix of the comfortable fall climate and multiple family-friendly activities that the festival has to offer. Depending on the festival’s success, Steele hopes it will become a local tradition.
Admission for the festival is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-11. The Fall Festival will be open on all Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., all Sundays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on the last three Fridays of October from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Beginning Oct. 15, the festival will also be featuring haunted wagon rides on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. for $5 per person. For more information, or to make group reservations, call 548-7252 or go to http://www.ascgreenway.org/cornmaze. This year’s festival is sure to be a hit and was created to appeal to people of all ages, so be sure to check it out in the upcoming month.