PATTERSON — For over 10 years, Fantozzi Farms in Patterson has attracted visitors from across the Valley with its numerous fall attractions and unique corn mazes.
The Fantozzi Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch holds dozens of attractions which include two corn mazes, a haunted maze, hay rides, hay bale labyrinth, corn cannons, pig races, pedal tractors, goat walk, corn seeds boxes, educational displays, and cow train rides for the little ones.
“There is a lot of activity going on at Fantozzi Farms that kids and adults can enjoy,” said Paul Fantozzi. “Our corn cannons are a crowd favorite. If shooters hit the target they can win a free pumpkin.”
The cannons may offer high-powered thrills, but the crowds travel to Patterson for Fantozzi’s famous 25-acre corn maze.
“The corn mazes cover approximately 25 acres and include over five miles of paths,” said Fantozzi. “Within the mazes are 12 hidden checkpoints for visitors to find. We also have a haunted maze that will be open every Friday and Saturday night in October, from 7 p.m. until closing.”
This year, the corn maze harkens back to ancient times, literally. The Mayan Calendar was the inspiration for the 2012 corn maze which extends approximately 3.8 miles.
“We also have a smaller maze that is over 2 miles long and is the shape of a pyramid,” added Fantozzi. “Children will also have their mini maze that we built through haystacks.”
Fantozzi Farms is also a popular destination for school fieldtrips throughout the month of October.
Fantozzi Farms is open daily until Nov. 4. The cost of admission to the Fantozzi Farm corn maze is $9 for adults, $7 for children 5-12, and children 4 and younger are free with a paying adult. Visitors are asked to wear close-toed shoes and stay on the path. Flashlights are required after dusk. The Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch are located at 2665 Sperry Ave., Patterson.
— NANCY ANGEL