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Rutledge Corn Maze

Local fall favorite

The Rutledge Corn Maze as seen from the air. Photo credit: Marguerite Cleveland

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The Rutledge Corn Maze has become a family tradition for many local families and it's easy to see why. With a fall nip in the air, it's time to head out to the farm and see all they have to offer. The corn maze officially opens Sept. 22 and the pumpkin patch Sept. 29.

The theme for this year's maze is the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." The corn maze will have check points in the maze for community education about cancer. In addition, the Rutledge Family will donate a percentage of the profits from the maze to the American Cancer Society. There are opportunities for the local community to donate as well. The family goal is to raise $25,000.

During the day the farm has activities that will appeal to families with younger children. If you visit on a weekend, take a ride on the Corn Train. The little ones will love the Cow Train and Story Hour while older kids will enjoy firing a corn cannon. Daily activities include Ladder Ball, swings, calf roping practice, corn hole and visits by Sooky the Square Pumpkin. Pick out the perfect fall pumpkin at the pumpkin patch which are priced per pound. Daytime admission to the corn maze and activities is $8/person, children 4 and younger are free.

Once the sun falls, the scary creatures come out Friday and Saturday nights until Oct. 27 and daily Oct. 28-31. Walk the Haunted Maze in the dark while monsters and other scary creatures wait to frighten you. Zombie Apocalypse Paintball is hugely popular and sells out most nights. (Insider Tip: The zombies don't shoot back.) In the evening, the farm also offers fire pits for rent which come with a tent, four picnic tables, a fire pit and wood for two hours. The cost is $60, and can be extended for an additional fee. You must make a reservation.

The Rutledge Farm also has a produce stand that features corn and produce grown on the farm, and a shop open daily where you can find fall decorations. To increase their selection, they also make regular trips to Eastern Washington to bring in produce like watermelon.

The Rutledge Farm is part of Experience Olympia and Beyond's Bountiful Byway, which is a guide to all "the bounty" Thurston County has to offer. Purchase farm-fresh produce from the numerous farms, sip libations at wineries, distilleries and breweries, and tour historic sites. Plan to make a day of it and tour all the county has to offer. It is a lovely drive and visits some quaint towns. For more information go to:

Rutledge Farm, 302 93rd Ave. SE, Olympia, 360.357.3700,

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