Three generations of the Futch family will help stage the inaugural Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, which opens Saturday and runs weekends through Nov. 11.
The event is located on the family-owned ranch on N Charlie Taylor Road, just north of Plant City.
Siblings Carson, Wayne and Janet Futch, along with the rest of the clan, have been working hard all year to convert the cornfield into a maze. The event also will feature food, old-fashioned games and family fun, including horseshoes and duck racing.
The Florida State Fair's Cracker Country also will exhibit, there will be a pumpkin patch and the "Fox Squirrel General Store" will offer everything from corn syrup and fabrics to delicately tatted Christmas angels.
Yet the maze, with cornstalks standing 7 feet or higher, will be the featured attraction. And when you outfox the "squirrelly" corn maze, the general store will have special T-shirts for purchase to take with you for bragging rights.
"Corn mazes are a new type of agri-tourism in Florida," said Janet Futch. "This will keep the property in its natural state, which is important to us as a family. The crop can then be fed to the cattle this winter."
From his years of experience in owning Rome Construction, Wayne Carson designed, marked and cut trails for the maze.
Carson Futch's job was planting, fertilizing and making sure the spraying was completed at just the right times. His expertise came from being a grower in the citrus industry.
Janet, living in Atlanta with her own business, Curves Fitness Center, was able to prepare the activities, contact and secure vendors and prepare ads.