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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review of Morgan's Run Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

I love Fall and I cannot get enough of pumpkins or anything else related to the season. When we heard about Morgan’s Run in Henry County we decided to go exploring!

 photo photo3_zpsbf07aadc.jpg Morgan’s Run is an easy drive up I-71 North to exit 28 toward New Castle. We drove about 2.5 miles once we were off the interstate and found the farm easily. From LaGrange, it is a 10 minute drive up LaGrange Rd/146 all the way to Dawkins Lane where the farm is located. Once you turn into the entrance, it’s hard not to notice the beautiful view and scenery. The farm is located in a hilly section of Henry County. I noticed a couple of pretty ponds, the pumpkin patch, cows grazing and the huge corn maze! There is plenty of parking. We were greeted by an employee that told us about the farm and admission fee. Children 4 and under are free, ages 5-13 are $6 and 14 and up are $8. A hayride to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, a pumpkin, the play area, straw maze, picnic pavilion and nightly fire pit are included in each person’s admission fee. I did not see any credit card readers available, so bring cash for admission. My kids wanted to check out the play area first. The play area at Morgan’s Run was creatively built using large corrugated drain pipes and the three play structures looked brand new. My kids had a blast on the swings and racing each other in the human hamster wheels made from even bigger drain pipes! There was also a large drain pipe slide for the kids to slide down. The small hay maze is great for younger children that aren’t big enough to enjoy the larger play structures.
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We decided to take a break from playing and take a hayride to the corn maze. We were given our trivia sheets for the corn maze and were on our way. The corn maze is huge and even includes a manned watch tower for those that have a difficult time finding their way through it. The trivia questions are all Kentucky-related and include easy, intermediate and advanced questions. While the questions were easy, navigating the corn maze was a little tricky. When we answered question 1, we thought we would come up on the sign for question 2, but actually found the sign for question 4 next, then 3, then 7 and then finally went in chronological order to sign 10. It took us about twenty minutes to complete the maze and I guess our out-of-order walking worked out in the end.

 photo photo4_zpsa94b7bb1.jpgThe tractor was waiting for us once we reached the end of the maze. The exit of the corn maze offers a great view of the newly constructed dual zip line that goes over one of the farm’s ponds. I was told that once the zip line opens it will be an additional $15 fee. The next stop on the hayride was the pumpkin patch. Before reaching the pumpkin patch our driver asked if we wanted to choose an already picked pumpkin. We decided to pass up the area filled with already picked pumpkins and ride a little farther to the fields. Because of the farm’s location in Henry County, the views from the pumpkin patches are gorgeous!  I’m sure the sunsets are beautiful to witness, too. The tractor waited for us while we made our pumpkin selections. We picked some pretty large pumpkins, which made the admission fee a little easier to understand. The farm also offers paint for children that want to paint their pumpkins.

Morgan’s Run is a beautiful, emerging farm. At this time, the farm does not have any concessions, but does allow outside food and encourages families to picnic there. The roads are gravel, which may make strollers a little difficult to maneuver and I noticed three port-o-pots for public restrooms. The farm has a fire pit under construction where they plan to offer s’mores to go along with their Friday and Saturday night corn maze (an additional $5). I think the current projects and future projects have potential to attract more visitors to Morgan’s Run. In my opinion, the farm needs more attractions for families with younger children. Some families with young children may not find the corn maze and large play structures worth the cost of admission. I can’t wait to see what the farm will look like next Fall!

Nicolle

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