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Corn maze, trail to open this weekend in Baker

By MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 16:21 PM.

BAKER — Whether you’re snaking through a corn maze, firing a corn cannon or taking a haunted trail, you can get into the Halloween spirit starting this Friday in Baker.

Residents can visit a corn maze presented by the Crestview Rotary Club and a haunted trail presented by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Posse.

See dates, times and ticket prices for the Crestview Rotary Club's corn maze and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Posse's"Nightmare on the Old Spanish Trail">>

Both organizations have collaborated with Gum Creek Entertainment for events at a field with no address off Buck Ward Road. Direction signage for the event will be located on Buck Ward Road and U.S. Highway 90.

 This is the second year the rotary club has presented the corn maze, member Bill Barnhill said.

"Last year, our maze was 5 acres and (the design) was the rotary emblem," Barnhill said. "This year it's 7 acres and it's an F-35 (fighter jet)."

The military jet design shows the club's support for the military and the F-35 program, Barnhill said.

Like last year, attendees can fire ears of corn through a corn cannon. The maze will also include a neighboring petting zoo.

Ropin' the Truth, a youth-focused outreach ministry, will have pony rides available. 

For a spooky experience, the posse will present "Nightmare on the Old Spanish Trail."

"It recognizes a period of time when the (Spanish) conquistadors came through and fought the Creek Indians, and encountered wolves and other wild animals," Barnhill said.

One of those animals is the legendary Florida skunk ape. The ape, known for its skunk-like odor, is dangerous to humans.

"There have been rumors of a skunk ape roaming the trail," Barnhill said. 

 Also roaming the haunted trail are ghosts, zombies and large scary animals. The haunt is for attendees 13 and up.

Food and refreshments will be available.

WANT TO GO?

Residents can experience the "Nightmare at the Old Spanish Trail Haunt" from dusk to 11 p.m. Friday at a field off Buck Ward Road. Tickets are $16 each or $15 per person for groups of 20 or more.

A corn maze, hay ride, petting zoo and a corn cannon open 10-6 p.m. Saturday at the same location. Tickets are $8.50 each, $7.50 per person for groups of 20 or more and pony rides are $5.

MORE DETAILS:

For more dates, times and ticket prices for both the Baker corn maze and the  visit the Gum Creek Entertainment website at bit.ly/16BMMdt>>

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.