Fall fun is all in the family at Johnson's


Johnson’s Country Market will hold their 8th annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several of the activities will flow into Sunday, as well, and every weekend they offer hayrides and their pallet and corn mazes.

“It makes for a fun day for the whole family,” said Rebecca Johnson, who co-owns the farm with her husband and extended family.

This year, their 6-acre corn maze has a theme of “Thank a Farmer,” which is what the paths spells out if people could see it from above. Johnson said they have played with the theme each year, featuring “God Bless America” one year, “Fall Harvest” another and “DE Farm Family of the Year” the year the Johnsons won that honor.

Johnson said many people like to come out and enjoy the fall day, with its variety of children’s and family activities.

For $8, children 3 or older can get a wristband that allows them to enjoy hayrides, games with small prizes, three different corn mazes, moon bounces, the pumpkin patch and the pallet maze and a miniature golf course. Children 2 or younger can participate free of charge. There is also face painting, coloring contests, crafts and pumpkin painting, offered with the purchase of a pumpkin.

Adults can participate in the corn maze and hayrides with a $5 wristband that is also good all day.

In addition, the pumpkins will be flying, courtesy of Punkin’ Chunkin’ participants Chunk’N-ology, and people can purchase and stuff their own scarecrows.

“There’s probably 700 or 800 people that come out over the course of the weekend,” explained Johnson. “We more or less gear it toward families, but it is good for all ages. For the little kids, there is the moon bounces and mazes and games where they can win, and for the older kids and adults there is the corn mazes and hayrides. People of all ages can enjoy it.”

There will also be food and baked goods for sale, provided by the Indian River High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) and apple dumplings for sale by Johnson’s Country Market.

And, for those who can’t get enough of fall fun, the next weekend, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., Johnson’s Country Market will offer their Flashlight Pallet Maze, Flashlight Corn Maze and hayrides. While the after-dark offerings are not meant to be especially frightful, Johnson said, “It is scary enough as it is going in there after dark!” so people can have fun with it.