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Kaepernick-themed corn maze fun by day, spooky come nightfall
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For the past 11 years, Paul and Denise Fantozzi have invited the public to enjoy a newly designed corn maze throughout the month of October. This year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his charity of choice, Camp Taylor, are the themes of the Fantozzi corn maze. - photo by PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

PATTERSON — Alongside harvest season comes football, and Fantozzi Farms in Patterson is ready for both with its 25-acre corn maze inspired by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

For the past 11 years, Paul and Denise Fantozzi have invited the public to enjoy a newly designed corn maze throughout the month of October. This year, patrons can find their way through the Kaepernick inspired maze while also benefiting Camp Taylor – a local non-profit dedicated to helping children with heart disease.

“We came up with the design during the summer,” said Denise Fantozzi. “We really liked the design and the fact that we would also be helping out Camp Taylor, since a dollar from every ticket sold will go towards helping them.”

In addition to the 25-acre maze, Fantozzi Farms has put together a bundle of various activities for the whole family to enjoy while visiting.

“There’s a lot of different attractions, and just about something for everyone,” said Fantozzi. “We’re really looking forward to it, and hoping for good weather.”

With train and hay rides, target shooting with corn cannons, large hay pyramids for climbing, a petting zoo, and a pool-sized sandbox, Fantozzi Farms is sure to create lasting memories for all ages.

“There are three different games for guests to play while in the corn maze as well,” said Fantozzi. “This year, there is also a smaller maze for children where they can look for footprints of different animals marked on posts throughout the maze. When a child gets to the post, they’ll use a paper and crayon to rub the image to their paper and at the end they can identify the animals based on the footprints that they found while in the maze.”

After the sun goes down, the 25-acre attraction is transformed into a haunted maze where guests can get spooked by the scary characters that pop out around corners to surprise them.

“There’s a lot of screams at night during our haunted maze,” said Fantozzi, who noted that the haunted maze is not recommended for young children or those who frighten easily. “We also ask that guests bring flashlights for that activity.”

Aside from the mazes and fun activities, Fantozzi Farms will also feature a wide selection of pumpkins and decorative gourds.

And while Kaepernick may not be able to visit the maze while he is playing for the San Francisco 49ers, guests at Fantozzi Farms can still get a photo opportunity with the NFL star as a life-sized cardboard cutout of him is on display.

“We know he probably can’t come out to the maze because of his schedule,” said Fantozzi. “But we know that he supports us, and we support him and we’re just glad to be helping out his charity of choice which is Camp Taylor.”

The corn maze and pumpkin patch at Fantozzi Farms is located at 2665 Sperry Ave. in Patterson, and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Sunday throughout the month of October. Field trips are also available by appointment Monday through Thursday.

All-day admission is $7 for children ages 5-12 and $9 for adults (13+). To participate in the haunted maze, adults must pay an additional $3 while children are an additional $2. Children four and under are always admitted free.