Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by the Mercer County administration.
Howell Living History Farm’s annual Corn Maze, New Jersey’s longest running maze, is now open.
The maze, whose pathways form the image of a barn owl, was created to showcase the beneficial work that birds, bats, insects and other wildlife do at Howell Farm, as well as in our backyards, gardens and parks.
Open weekends through Oct. 28, the maze challenges visitors to navigate the 2½ miles of pathways that take them through a field where owls and other creatures point the way out.
Maze-goers who find the puzzle pieces that form a map of the maze – and who solve its crossword puzzle and other challenges – are eligible for boasting rights and a listing on the maze’s giant scoreboard. Maze-goers seeking the maximum challenge can try solving the maze in the dark, when moon, stars and lamplight are needed to find the way out.
Admission is $8 for ages 10 and older; $6 for children ages 5-9 and free for children 4 and under. In October, entry hours are Fridays from 5 until 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon until 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. The maze closes one hour after the latest entry time.
Weekday visits are available by reservation for schools, community groups and corporate team-building events. Special programs benefiting the Mercer County Wildlife Center and Mercer County Naturalist Program will be held at both the maze and historic farm on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature theme-related presentations and activities.
At the farm, visitors can pick, shell and grind corn for use as feed at the Wildlife Center. In the maze courtyard, there will be music, crafts and wildlife presentations.
Proceeds from the maze are used to support the restoration of barns and other historic buildings at Howell Farm. This year’s maze also benefits the Mercer County Wildlife Center and County nature programs.
The maze is located at 17 Valley Road, just off Route 29 two miles south of Lambertville, N.J. For information about the maze or Howell Farm, call (609) 737-3299 or visit websites www.howellfarm.org OR www.mercercounty.org.