The Amazing Fun Time Blog
The Amazing Fun Time Blog
If you’ve ever visited our farm near the beginning of August, you might have been lucky enough to take part in our Pedal Tractor Pulls, a fun competition of strength and power done Cherry Crest style! But did you know that our pulls are the “junior” version of a wildly popular county fair competition? Traditional tractor pulls are a favorite activity during what we call “fair season,” a month-long celebration where local fairs are happening throughout the county almost every week. Many of these fairs hold tractor pulls and other competitions of strength. Read on for more information about the history of the tractor pull!
Ever wondered what exactly goes into putting on the fun you see at Cherry Crest? Go behind-the-scenes to see how our staff puts it together every single day.
While we don’t have any horses in our farm animal center, they are a very important part of the farming life! Throughout history, horses have been used to pull farming equipment and as a mode of transportation. Today, they are often kept as pets or as show animals. Read on for more fun facts about horses!
We’re always trying to add new kinds of FUN at the farm—take a peek at what we’re unveiling this year!
Travel through time with us as we revisit the history of Cherry Crest!
Think you know everything there is to know about carrots? Well, think again! We have nine fun facts in store for you. Read on to learn all about our favorite orange vegetable!
Though they are often (erroneously) used interchangeably, hay and straw are very different products and have their own important purposes for the farmer. Read on for a side-by-side comparison of hay and straw!
Have you ever stopped to watch a honey bee? Many people are afraid of them, so quite possibly you haven’t. They are fascinating creatures of nature, with complex communication systems and social structures within the hive. Read on for some fun facts about the honey bee—and next time you visit our farm, stop by the Bee Barn in the Farm Experience Center, where you can observe honey bees behind glass, without any fear!
If you’ve taken our Farm Tour Wagon Ride, you’ve probably heard all about our lime kiln, located out in the meadow beyond the parking lot. Though ours is no longer used today, it was a real working lime kiln back in the early 1800s when it was built. So what is the purpose of a lime kiln? How were they built by our ancestors? What do they look like today? Read on to find out!
If you’ve visited our petting zoo, you might have seen our Flemish Giant Rabbits, residing in their own little Bunnyville! But did you know that there are lots of other types of rabbits as well? Read on for some more fun facts about rabbits!
If you’ve driven around Lancaster County in the fall, you may have seen machines out in the fields, harvesting the corn, wheat, and other grain products. These machines, which are big and rather box-shaped, are called combines (pronounced COMM-bynes). Combines are a revolutionary machine first invented in 1834 by Hiram Moore, in the United States. Early models were pulled by horses, and eventually tractors, before evolving into the self-propelled machines we use today. Read on to learn more!
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare… wandering around an unfamiliar corn maze when you suddenly realize you have absolutely no idea where you are or how to get out—no other human beings in sight and the kids are grumpy. What to do?? Well, with our handy tips, you can plan ahead before you get started in our 5-acre corn maze, and therefore avoid such an unfortunate circumstance. Even if you’re not taking children into the maze, these tips may be helpful as you set out to tackle the world’s greatest free-standing mind-bender.
If you visited our farm in the fall, you may have taken some time to pick your own pumpkin right out of the field! Learn some fun facts about pumpkins — read on!
If you hang around a corn farmer for too long, you’ll start hearing all sorts of weird jargon that might not make much sense. But thanks to our “corny vocabulary,” you can learn the lingo in no time at all!
Just like anything in life, we have much to learn from the corn maze! Read on to learn more!
Every employee at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is important, but if you’ve ever visited, you have probably noticed a few crazy people in red shirts that may never seem to stand still. They are the members of our supervisory team here at the farm. Here is your chance to get to know those charged with “leading the charge”.
Did you know that E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, based the titular character off of the common barn spider? The story goes that he had a spider friend who lived in the barn of his childhood, and that is how the character of Charlotte came about. In honor of Charlotte, we’ve compiled some fun facts about barn spiders that you may not have known before!
Not only is Cherry Crest Adventure Farm a fun place to play and make memories with the family, we’re also a real working farm! The owners of Cherry Crest have been in the farming business for most of their lives, and have experienced many different aspects of the agriculture industry. They’ve raised dairy cows in the past, and currently raise broiler chickens and farm over 300 acres! Every good farmer knows that you can’t run a farm without doing the chores… they’re not always the most fun, but they are an everyday occurrence on the farm. You may not know much about living life on the farm, but you can get a taste for the farm life at the adventure farm, with our Farm Chore Activities!
You’ve probably seen herds of cattle while driving around PA Dutch Country (even if was just from a distance), since there are over 275,000 bovine animals in Lancaster. Not all those cattle are the same, however—some are raised specifically for milk production and some are raised specifically for beef. Think you know the difference? Read on for more interesting facts about beef and dairy cattle, and soon you’ll be able to tell the difference just by looking at them!
You’ve probably tasted delicious sweet corn at some point in your life—coated in butter and salt or perhaps sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning—but did you know that there are more varieties of zea mays that aren’t quite as delicious? There are six different main types of corn—and of course, countless varieties within each kind!
You know we plant feed corn in the maze field during the season, but did you know that in the off-season we plant a variety of winter wheat in that same field? Our adventure farm may be open to the public during the warmer months, but we’re a real working farm all year round! Read on for some fun facts about wheat you might not have known!
If you’ve ever been visiting Cherry Crest and heard a strange sound—something between a screech and a squawk and a whinny—you’ve met Jill, our loveable donkey! She sure brays loudly sometimes, but we know that just means she loves us! Read on for some fun facts about donkeys you might not have known before.
You’ve probably seen the various cornfields we have around Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, but did you know that we also grow soybeans? Many of the fields you passed coming in Cherry Hill Road are farmed by Farmer Jack! Read on for some interesting facts about soybeans that you might not have known before.
Love it or hate it, everybody knows what Candy Corn is! This sugary sweet orange-white-and-yellow candy is usually associated with Halloween, and consumed by millions of people each year around the holiday. Ever wonder where it came from or why it’s so popular? Read on for a brief history of everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) Halloween candy!
There's a reason people come back to the corn maze again and again even during the same season ... it's SO MUCH FUN! There are a lot of neat things you can do in the corn maze besides the obvious, and in this article, we share a few of our favorites.
Relive Corny's adventures around the farm from the day he took over our social media profiles! It was quite the experiment; who knows, it might even happen again some day.
Alpacas are in the same family as the llama, but they are not the same, and have several distinct differences. We currently have two alpacas in our Petting Zoo, which you can pet and feed when you come to visit the farm. Read on to learn some interesting facts about alpacas—and why they’re not interchangeable with llamas!
So you’ve made the decision to tackle our 5-acre corn maze… now what?? Drawing on our own experiences and the advice of our Facebook fans, we’ve compiled a list of things you should make sure you take into the corn maze, especially if you have kids. Read on to find out what the essentials are!
Ever wonder what it may be like to work here at the farm? Read on for a unique, behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of the CCAF “Extra”!
Sheep are quite a common sight here at the farm, and we thought we'd share a few fun facts about them ... 11 to be exact. Read on!
You’ve visited the farm and enjoyed the activities, now go behind-the-scenes and get to know some of our employees! We employ a wide variety of employees from all walks of life. Today, meet some of our college kids, who are juggling their education and a part-time job!
Safety is important to us here at Cherry Crest—and so is having fun! We work hard to promote a family-friendly atmosphere that is fun AND safe at the same time. Here’s your guide to staying out of trouble in the corn maze!
We’ve had a variety of duck species in our petting zoo over the years, including Peking ducks, Call ducks, Mallard ducks, and more. Here are some interesting facts about ducks that you might not have known!
You’ve visited the farm and enjoyed the activities, now go behind-the-scenes and get to know some of our employees!
A trip to Cherry Crest isn’t complete without a stop at the Sweet Shop on your way out, for some of our delicious home-made fudge! But how do we make Lancaster County’s best fudge? Come behind the scenes for a sneak peek at the process!
While we don’t always have llamas in our petting zoo, we have had them in the past. Many of you may remember Beau, the friendly black and white llama who lived on the farm for many years. Beau now lives at our Marketing Supervisor’s house year round. Llamas are well-loved by many people around the world, but here are some interesting facts you might not have known!
We’ve heard time and time again how wonderful our employees are—?? In the past five to seven years, we’ve taken a keen interest in developing our employees to be friendly, courteous, and experts in guest care. It’s not always easy—after all, a large percentage of our employees are high-schoolers, and for many of them, this is their first “real” job. But we’re committed to “growing people,” just like we grow fun! Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at how we work hard to develop our staff.
Here are some insider tips to get the most out of your visit to our farm!
Of course, there’s so much to do at Cherry Crest that you can easily spend 4-5 hours exploring our farm. We recommend that you plan to make a day of it so you can enjoy all that we offer!
Here at Cherry Crest, we don’t tell many secrets because we know the corn has ears and the potatoes have eyes—but we do like to tell corny jokes!
Twenty-six amazing and super fun things to do at everyone's favorite family farm!!
We might not have cows in our Petting Zoo, but Cherry Crest Farm started out with a dairy cow operation, which was sold in 2002. Even today, the son and granddaughters of owners Jack and Donna Coleman raise beef cows for showing at local fairs and competitions. You’ll find cows on many farms across Lancaster County, whether it’s a dairy-cow operation or not. Here are some interesting facts about cows you might not have known before.
If you’ve traveled through our five-acre corn maze, you’ve probably stumbled across a photo op somewhere in your journey. These wooden cut-outs are the perfect opportunity for a family photo or a goofy memory. If you’ve visited us more than one year, you might have noticed that most of our photo ops change from year to year, to reflect the maze theme! Some of the photo ops outside the maze have stayed the same over the years, but the ones inside the maze area always different. We are fortunate enough to have several artistic employees who are able to create our photo ops in house.
Learn some fun facts about Lancaster County and it's agricultural lifestyle right here. There is lots to learn about this thriving landscape!
The first corn maze in the world was created by Don Frantz in 1993 at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, he started the American Maze Company, which still designs the corn mazes at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm today. Read on for an inside look at the man behind the maze!
Ever wonder how America's favorite snack was discovered? Let us tell you all you need to know about popcorn! You will feel your head "popping" with knowledge!
It’s no secret that the employees at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm are a creative bunch. Not only can you see it in the signage and aesthetics around the farm, but we’ve been open for 20 years now and not ONCE have we repeated a maze theme! We get asked quite often how we choose the theme each year, and truly it’s a fascinating journey.
Chickens are iconic farm animals, but many people don't know anything about them! We think that everybody can learn a little about our squawking friends, so here is a list of interesting facts about chickens!
Fall is just around the corner, which means chilly weather and sweatshirts and campfires… but also all things PUMPKIN! It’s no surprise that here at the farm we’re big fans of pumpkins. Here are four pumpkin-themed recipes to try this fall!
The fall season at Cherry Crest brings a lot of fun fall foods, including a county fair favorite—funnel cakes! Many people find the fried dough and powdered sugar combination to be absolutely irresistible. Read on to find out a little bit more about the history of these tasty treats!
Corn is one of Lancaster's major exports and for good reason! There are a ton of common products that contain corn in one way or another. You can learn more about the many uses of corn with this list!
We see many of you snapping pictures while you’re here at the farm, so why not share them with us… and maybe win some free passes in the process!! We love to see our guests having fun, so every year we hold a Photo Contest and YOU can enter for the chance to win passes!
We choose winners in each category, as well as overall Grand Prize winners. While you don’t need to specify which category each photo is in, it can be helpful for you as you’re choosing which photos to enter.
If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in Lancaster County, you’ve probably noticed the unusual amount of plain-dressed folk who get around by horse-and-buggy. Our Amish friends make up roughly 5% of the Lancaster County population, according to a 2010 census. This religious group of people, with roots in the Anabaptist tradition, are well-known for their commitment to a simplistic lifestyle, free of modern conveniences and technology.
If you’ve spent any time at our farm, you’ve probably seen, fed and petted our friendly goats in the Petting Zoo. Various breeds of goats at Cherry Crest, including Boer goats, Nubian goats, Angora goats, and Pygmy goats. Here are some interesting facts that you might not have known about four-legged friends!
When have lots to offer here at Cherry Crest Farms, but this year we have a lot more fun activities for you to enjoy! From Country Pigs Races to a School House Sweet Shop, We have something for everyone! Come see what we have in store for you!
While we get many adults, young couples and teenaged youth groups who travel through the maze, an overwhelming percentage of our guests are families with young kids! For many parents, the thought of tackling a 5-acre corn maze (with 2.5 miles of paths) seems difficult enough, let alone when you throw kids into the mix. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to make the maze a family-friendly attraction—and one that can be enjoyed by everyone, even parents with young kids.
You might have visited Lancaster’s favorite Amazing Maize Maze many times, but do you know how the corn maze is made each year? It’s a yearly process that we have worked hard to perfect. And while there’s always more to learn and new ideas to try, we have pretty much got it down to a science. Read on to find out how we make our corn maze each year!
If you want to visit the farm as many times as possible this summer, you should be considering our Bounce Back Pass. It’s an opportunity for you and your family to come back as many times as you want until September 18th, 2015! That means more chances to cuddle the baby chicks, more ways to get lost in the maze, more opportunities to eat our delicious freshly roasted sweet corn, and more times to jump on our giant jump pillow.
Family fun for all!
When Jack and Donna Coleman first opened Cherry Crest Farm in August 1996, they had no idea what they were getting into. It started as an idea, a way to make some extra money on the side. It grew into a full-fledged, seasonal agri-tourism business that is still thriving today. Things sure have changed though—as with any business venture, you learn as you go. The Coleman’s and the staff of Cherry Crest strive to continually make the farm and the business better. Over the years, we’ve seen ideas and activities come and go; some have been seen through to completion and other got stuck at the drawing board. It’s always interesting to see where we’ve been—and compare it to where we are now!
While corn mazes like the one at Cherry Crest are very popular here in the US; farms and venues all over the world have used many different materials to build mazes. Of course, the possibilities are endless, limited only by your own creativity. Here are some of the world’s most fascinating mazes!
Cherry Crest Farm has been around for a very long time, and we have quite the history! Here are some quick facts that you might have not even guessed were true! Did you know that Cherry Crest Farm's famous Maize Maze has over 2.5 miles of pathways? I bet not! Check out the list to learn more about Cherry Crest Farm!
Easter is a great holiday to spend time with your family, and a fantastic holiday to make fun snacks! Check out all of these fun foods that you can make this Easter to impress all of your friends and family! All of the recipes have links, and Easter is right around the corner... so get baking!
YOU can draw your own Cretan labyrinth! Just follow these 9 easy steps. I used graph paper to help make the lines nice and even, but you can draw the labyrinth anywhere!
We’ve been doing some research about pigs! These fascinating creatures have delighted children for years, with their pink color and curly tails and high-pitched squeals. Read more about them here!
This is the final installment in a three-part series about the fascinating history of mazes! Check it out!!
This is the second article, in a three-part installment, about the history of mazes. Read on and learn more about this fascinating art form!
So, Where did mazes come from? How did the people of ancient history decide to create a complex and confusing mass of pathways for the purpose of entertainment? What’s the difference between a maze and a labyrinth, anyway?
Don't let winter get you down! It may be dreary and depressing outside, but you can still feel warm and happy inside! Try one (or all) of these five ways to beat the winter blues.
Enjoy a Snapshot of Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in the Winter! We may be closed, but we're still busy making Cherry Crest the best it can be! Enjoy some beautiful photos of the farm during the chilly months.
You love to visit us, but have you ever wondered about the history of Cherry Crest? Read this fascinating article about our wonderful farm and learn how we evolved to become the a-MAZE-ing attraction we are today!
How many ways can you demolish a pumpkin? Well Cherry Crest is on a quest to find out. After Halloween is over, we’ll be taking our left over pumpkins and transforming the farm into a frenzy of pumpkin destruction. Throwing, launching, hurling, rolling, dropping & trampling are all part of the festivities of our third Annual Pumpkin Madness Festival. Bring your leftover pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns from home or use some of our leftover stash, while supplies last.