October is scheduled to be an amazing month at the Old Frontier Camp with pumpkins, mazes, gem mining and gospel sings on the agenda.
The camp will be open to the public every Saturday throughout the month, and for scheduled groups during the weekdays. A two and one-half acre corn maze is available for anyone wishing to take on the challenge, said Chairman Chris Smith.
"It's a corn field, and we've got paths cut all through it that's an adventure to go through and find your way out of it," Mr. Smith said. "There's always a way out, but you just have to do a little bit of walking... it's a fun thing."
The Robertson family from Harlem took on the challenge last Saturday. Amber Robertson said her seven-year-old son, Blake, found the end of the maze ahead of the other three members of the family.
"We went in circles a couple of times, so we sort of cheated once or twice," Mrs. Robertson said with a laugh.
To ensure no one gets lost, Mr. Smith said everyone will be given a piece of paper with questions, and the answers can be found at workstations situated throughout the maze. He said the maze is designed for all ages, and there are several groups already scheduled to go through it.
Walkers who are too small to tackle the maze of maize will enjoy finding their way through a mini-maze set up in front of the corn field.
On Oct. 7, 1,000 pumpkins will be delivered from Pumpkins USA to add color to the field. Mr. Smith said the pumpkins will be for sale and Pumpkins USA allows the camp to keep a portion of the proceeds. Although the camp will earn money for future projects, Mr. Smith said selling pumpkins was not part of his original plan.
"I actually planted a field of pumpkins for people to come pick their own. But the fire ants ate them up," he said.
Mining for gems by sifting dirt through a flume is another activity at the camp, along with feeding the emus, ostrich and sheep. A new play area for children has been set up with a large sand pile and tire swings under a shade tree. Except the pumpkins, everything, including the snow cones, is free.
"I think it's nice that they have this place here where families can bring their kids to do things," Mrs. Robertson said. "Otherwise we couldn't afford to do all this. We'll come back again."
Gospel singings are planned for the last three Saturdays of the month, but Mr. Smith said the details will be announced later.
The Old Frontier Camp is located on Old Milledgeville Road off of Wrens Highway, and is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit theoldfrontier.com or call 706-533-2544.