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TIME TO GET LOST IN FARMS' CORN MAZES

Cooler weather and Halloween are just around the corner, which means the return of one of the favorite autumn activities in Hernando County - finding your way through a corn maze.

Two local farms are offering mazes and a variety of activities:

- Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown, features a 5-acre corn maze with more than 3 miles of twists and turns. There is also a barrel train, a 70-foot jumping pillow, a petting farm, a pony hop and a pumpkin patch.

The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2. Admission is $11.95; free for ages 2 and younger. Discounts are available for families, groups and field trips. Call (727) 326-3256 or visit themaize.com.

- Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, east of Masaryktown, is offering its annual 5-acre corn maze through Nov. 2.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with special hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27. Along with the maze, there will be children's activities, farm animals, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and fresh vegetables available. Vendors will be on hand with food, drinks and other treats.

Admission is $9.50, $5 for ages 3 to 11 and free for children 2 and younger, plus tax. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit sweetfieldsfarm.com.

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