By EDIE CAMPE
By going west on U.S. 36 from Rockville, travel about 3 miles and turn right on
Coloma Road, then follow the yellow signs to Strawberry Road where you'll find a large waving scarecrow in the yard of Hobson's Farm.
Corey and Patricia Hobson invite individuals, church groups, school groups, etc. to enjoy a day at their farm. The Hobson's have lots of fun activities for children and adults to enjoy.
At the farm, there are 1,500 mums for sale, a country store, a concession stand, a five cart cow train, a corn box with prizes, a hay jump, a straw pyramid (for climbing and photos), a pumpkin slingshot launcher, farm animals, campfire rings with picnic tables (everything is provided except for the food) and two children's straw mazes, one that is one straw bale high and another for children to crawl through that is two bales high and dark inside. Make sure children are dressed in their play clothes.
There is a 2-acre pumpkin and gourd patch where families can pick and take home a large pumpkin for $2, a medium pumpkin for $1, a small pumpkin for 25 cents or five for $1, medium gourds are 50 cents or three for $1 and small gourds are 25 cents or five for $1.
The most important feature to Hobson's Farm is the 6-acre, two- phase, corn maze that is in the design of a covered bridge. Each Friday and Saturday night the maze is open for people to find their way through using only their flashlight. On Oct. 29th, the farm will be hosting the dreaded Haunted Maze with lots of surprises in store.
The farm is open to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from now until Oct. 30 and each day of the week during the Covered Bridge Festival. Visit the Web site at www.hobsonsfarm.com for hours of operation.
One admission rate allows individuals to partake in all activities, age 12 and up are $6, age 4 to 11 are $4 and children under 3 are free. There are also $1 off per person discounts for groups of 20 or more.