Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aw Fiddlesticks!

Fiddlesticks Farms (watch out for that auto-start banjo!) is a great and wonderful place. It's located just east of Midland, Texas in a little village called Greenwood.

Upon admission, we are each issued blue plastic wrist bracelets. Only Robert's bracelet has a star on it, which entitles him to a free pumpkin. He must, however, be able to lift said pumpkin and carry it off the premises.

Part working farm and part amusement park, Fiddlesticks Farms is open from late September through November. Note the hayride in the back.

Note also that Robert is getting way tall, with attitude to match.

Which way to the cornfield maze?

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!

Cornfield mazes are all the rage around Lubbock, 150 miles north of us, but this is the first one around here.

We answer Halloween trivia questions at selected forks in the road corn, in order to get clues to the way back.

Liz finds a star bracelet in the maze, entitling her to a free pumpkin.

 After about 45 minutes, we are safely out, and we ring the bell.

There is also a haunted corn maze, but only Liz tries it, and she quits it 20 feet in, when the Joker from The Dark Knight appears!

Next up is the corn cannon, where Robert gets to fire ears of corn at high speed!

 The pumpkin cannon, which looks and sounds capable of shooting down aircraft, is a bit too much for us.

We get to shoot at our favorite football team's helmets.

Hello Betty_oo!
The kiddie cow train is probably a bad idea in retrospect.

After I pry Robert out of the barrel, we go on to the hayride.

Unfortunately, we forget to tell Liz that we are going on the hayride.

Not good.

From the hayride, you can see the flashlights of unfortunate souls making their way through the corn maze after dark.

 We also see three deer (not pictured).

The hayride stops at the pumpkin patch and lets us off to find a pumpkin.

Is this one sincere enough? And can Robert tote it? Yes and yes to both questions.

We reunite with Liz, who has been looking for us.  She decides to go on the hayride by herself and collect her own pumpkin. 

These goats are suspended in midair for no adequately explored reason.  Actually, as the petting zoo is closed tonight, the goats are probably up in the air so they won't try to chew the clothing of patrons.

I can't think of any good way to end this post, so this is probably the worst possible way:


Granny J said...

What fun! Though it's too bad that many farmers have to turn into entertainment impressarios in order to keep on farming! Our favorite halloween time farm lost out to state water regulations, though a couple of other farmsteads north of town now hold their own pumpkin festivals.

Anonymous said...

We used to go to Lombardi Ranch in Saugus. They had bands, great Habanero chilies, corn on the cob, maze and scarecrows but no corn guns. Unfortunately, the ranch was damaged in the big fire last year.

Gazelle said...

I looked up Lombardi Ranch and it seems they were open for business this year. Reports are that the beloved petting zoo doesn't exist anymore and the crops were smaller than usual due to last year's fire. First time I went there was on a field trip with Stephen. It became a family tradition after that.

Rob said...

Looks like you all had a fantastic time! We went to Fiddlesticks 2 weekends ago and I've been meaning to post a photo or two but haven't made time just yet.

By the way, welcome to the Basin Blogosphere!

amanda said...

What a small world it is! You found my blog and I grew up in Odessa and have family living in Kermit! I loved looking at your pictures of the corn brother and his family enjoyed it this year as well.

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