Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekend Adventures: Get Lost in the Girl Scouts Corn Maze!


Johnston City, Illinois, is a small town located about five hours from Chicago and two hours from St. Louis, but what the town lacks in cosmopolitan proximity it more than makes up for with its own brand of entertainment. Every year fall fun is found at Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch, a 35-acre farm that boasts everything from hayrides and bounce castles to corn cannons (and yes, that is a cannon that shoots ears of corn) and this year’s Girl Scouts-themed corn maze! Want to get in on the fun? Well, we have all the details.
Aerial View of the Girl Scouts Corn Maze. Courtesy of WSIL-TV
The Girl Scouts Corn Maze is quite the 100th anniversary-themed adventure; opening on September 22, the maze can be visited through to October 31, which is also Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday! Girl Scout troops looking to join in on the fun can hop on a hayride, use the fire pits and picnic tables out back, and go through the corn maze together, all for $75. To sign up as a group, call Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch office at 618-983-8676.

If you’re not going in a group, the corn maze is $5 for ages 10 and older; $3 for kids 5 to 9; free for children under 5. It's open 9am to dark. Parking is free, and for those uninterested in navigating the maze, there’s no charge to enter the farm, which means you can take in the pretty fall foliage for free! Plan your trip to Bandy’s Pumpkin Patch, located at 15020 Pumpkin Patch Road, Johnston City, IL 62951. Share your experience and pictures with us on Twitter and Facebook