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Fiddlesticks Farms opens fall activities to public

October 7, 2018

Fall is here despite what the thermometer says and area children are already celebrating pumpkins and corn and barnyard animals during visits to a Midland attraction that offers a bit of downhome fun.

Fiddlesticks Farms is celebrating their 11th season and offers a fall adventure with more than 25 courtyard attractions including a 10-acre pumpkin patch, pig races, potato sack slides and tractor pulled hayrides.

The farm is located east of Midland and offers a blend of family-friendly activities and educational elements for the community through Nov. 17.

This year, attendees can enjoy the new 15-acre corn maze design that displays Texas country music artist, Aaron Watson. Fiddlesticks Farms co-owner, Jessica Norton, said that Watson fans have expressed resounding approval since the announcement of the maze design.

“I feel like it was something that worked well with our family,” Norton said.

She described Watson as a family-oriented Christian that has remained down to earth despite reaching a high level of fame.

“We really appreciate him and his music and a lot of people feel the same way that we do,” Norton said. “I think that’s why he was such a popular maze design and also such a popular artist.”

The corn maze is divided into different sections that make up the entire image, which vary in the time needed to complete each phase. The first phase is estimated to take between 45 minutes to an hour, the second phase is about 30 minutes and the third phase, the fairy tale trail, can be finished in less than 15 minutes.

“We’ve always had three phases of the maze, so that there are different opportunities for people to go through if they don’t want to be in there very long,” Norton said.

Fiddlesticks Farms has also added a few additions, which include a Texas-sized porch swing and a 10,000 square foot pavilion for guests to use for weddings, graduation parties or just as seating during their visit to the farm.

Norton has owned Fiddlesticks Farms with her husband, Matt Norton, for 11 years and said that she is still most excited about the chance to provide the community with an educational experience.

“The learning barn is always the most popular attraction,” Norton said.

She said they can even see up to 300 students a day during weekday visits from schools.

“When we’re able to have school groups come out, we are able to educate them and teach them about agriculture because they are normally not able to have that opportunity,” Norton said. “We like to involve the students and let them understand where all of our food, clothing and textiles come from and that it’s not just from the grocery store or the clothing store – it’s from farmers and ranchers.”

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