Former Field of Terror gets a friendly makeover

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FFA fall event starts Saturday

By Kacie Goode

In an effort to reach a new audience, an FFA Autumn Fest will serve as this year’s fall activity to raise funds for the Nelson County and Thomas Nelson high school FFA chapters, replacing the long running “Field of Terror.”

“We wanted to shift our focus to be more educational, and we noticed over the years there were a lot of families that were wanting to come to a farm-type atmosphere,” said agriculture teacher John Hammond. “We decided it would be best to really try to reach that demographic.”

The new FFA Autumn Fest is simplifying the two-acre corn maze, but adding several other aspects. This year’s maze will not be haunted, and instead, the focus of the FFA fall event will be “family friendly.”

“There’s not going to be any scary props or anything like that,” Hammond said, but the maze will incorporate the “educational” aspect the group is trying to push.

As families walk through the maze, he said, they will come across different agriculture-related questions. If they answer the question correctly, they will be pointed in the right direction. If not, they may find themselves heading toward a dead end.

Goodies donated from different commodity groups will also be found at the stations inside the maze.

The event will feature the corn maze, inflatables, a hayride, a petting zoo, a tractor show (on Oct. 21 only), demonstrations, concessions and a pumpkin patch.

“We actually raised the pumpkins and gourds ourselves,” Hammond said. Additionally, the FFA members also worked on raising some of their own corn in a separate location. The corn that makes the maze was donated by farmers, so when it is harvested, the chapters will receive the profits.

The FFA Autumn Fest will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. Cost for the event is $5 for participants 5 years of age and older (younger than 4 is free), which includes the inflatables, corn maze and hayride. Additional fees will apply for concessions and pumpkins.

While the FFA event is no longer terror-focused, proceeds from the Autumn Fest will still go to supporting the local FFA chapters for programs and events.

Follow the event at the FFA Autumn Fest Facebook page. The FFA Autumn Fest is located behind Thomas Nelson High School, 150 Generals Blvd. in Bardstown.