WILMINGTON, N.C. (CAPE FEAR WEEKEND) - The month of October might be coming to an end, but the fall festivities are still happening through the beginning of November, just like Maze Craze at Galloway Farm.
A Columbus County farm that attracts people from all over the region. Whether you’re in Wilmington or Elizabethtown, it’s a quick road trip that’s worth it.
“Our farm attracts all ages from toddler through senior adults that are from their 80s and 90s. The senior adults believe it or not, they enjoy a lot of the same things that the toddlers do, some of them will come out thinking, ‘well this is a kid play so we’re going to just walk through and maybe do the maze’, and then you see them stop and they’re pumping the pumps for the water for the rubber duck races,” said Alma Galloway, owner of Galloway Farm.
Galloway Farm is putting smiles and laughs on all faces that visit, but what most people don’t know is what the maze is made from... because it’s not corn.
“People think we have a corn maze, but we don’t. The crop that has grown out there is Sorghum Sudangrass and Sorghum is used for so many endless uses. It’s used for the production of biofuels, the grains in the head are used for cereal, waffles and muffins. All kinds of different foods contain that Sorghum grain, it’s gluten free. I mean, it’s just it’s amazing!” said Galloway.
Wile roaming through the crop, people might notice something new this year. The interactive game within the maze has a new software that tracks your progress and times how fast you can accomplish the spooktacular mission.
“You’re going to spend your time trying to find ten different signs that we’ve placed at totally random spots in the field. So, it’s your goal to find each one of those and then find your way to the exit if you found them all. When you scan that last exit code, it’ll congratulate you and tell you what your time is and where your spot is on our leaderboard. If you’ve not found them all, it’ll tell you you need to keep looking,” Galloway explained.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, every Friday and Saturday night the farm hosts a glow maze which means participants will use glow sticks and flashlights to find their way out of the maze after dark.
The Galloway family is hoping you’ll join them for their Galloween weekend, the weekend before Halloween. With trick-or-treating, food vendors and themed games that are not normally there on other weekend.
This is a time that Galloway is always most excited about, but her favorite part about running the farm is seeing the familiar faces coming back each year.
“What I love the most is having those return visitors that’s made it a family tradition every year to come out with their children. I had somebody come this weekend that said I used to bring my kids here now I’m bringing my grandkids here so that’s you know, that’s great for me,” said Galloway
It’s not only a family tradition for visitors, but the Galloway family as well. Keeping the farm up and running since the early 1920s. Growing crops that benefit our local agriculture and entertaining families in the meantime.
Time is running out for fall festivities but at Galloway Farm you can still enjoy the maze and a game like pigskins and pins, skee-ball, basketball, pumpkin checkers, duck racing and more! The last day for the farm is on Sunday, November 5th.
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