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Idaho corn mazes showcase Jimmy Fallon, Boise State Broncos

September 20, 2016

Jimmy Fallon is bringing comic relief to Meridian not just through the TV screen, but through the twists and turns of The Farmstead Corn Maze.

The maze features a design of Fallon sitting at his desk while hosting “The Tonight Show,” with a message that Idaho loves him and the hashtag, #FallonAtTheFarmstead.

“We wanted a design this year that would invite everyone to escape the seriousness of the world,” Kuna farmer Jim Lowe said in a press release.

Each year, Lowe and his wife, Hillary, choose a new design and carve the maze on their 18-acre cornfield by the corner of Eagle Road and Interstate 84.

“Maybe if we can get inside Jimmy’s head, we can all come out a little more lighthearted,” Lowe added.

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival will be open for its 20th season from Friday to Oct. 29. The festival includes hayrides, pumpkin picking, pig races, tasty food, hot drinks and more. The Field of Screams haunted maze will be open in October.

Throughout the season, The Farmstead will host events including the Scarecrow Jamboree with local Scout troops, a celebration of Hometown Heroes, Grandparents Day, Dog Day, Touch-A-Tractor, Patch’s Pumpkin Party and the annual Pumpkin Smash and Candy in the Corn Trick-or-Treating. Firework shows are planned each Friday night to commemorate 20 years.

The Farmstead touts itself as Idaho’s longest-running corn maze. It was recently nominated as part of USA Today’s 10 Best Corn Mazes in the country. In previous years, the Farmstead has been featured by TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, Good Morning America, Conde Nast Traveler and the Today Show.

MORE MAZE FUN IN MERIDIAN

Boise State Bronco fans and corn maze enthusiasts won’t find a better match than Linder Farms. Each year, the farm’s corn maze theme is inspired by BSU football. This year’s design features a football player, a Bronco logo and the number 30.

“We are very excited about this year’s design,” Linder Farms co-owner Randy Feist said in an email. “As the officially licensed corn maze of the Boise State Broncos, we are joining in the celebration of 30 years on the Blue Turf!”

The Linder Farms corn maze and pumpkin patch opened 13 years ago near the corner of Linder and Lake Hazel roads just south of Meridian. This year’s season will run from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.

Along with the maze and pumpkin patch, Linder Farms offers fun games and rides on the farm, along with concessions.

Those who are really seeking thrill can get lost in The Trail of Terror haunted corn maze.

Linder Farms will host a Halloween Fun Run on Oct. 29. The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with an All You Can Eat Pumpkin Pie Pancake Breakfast for $5 a person. The race begins at 9 a.m. Register on the farm’s website, linderfarms.com.