Need Something To Do Friday?



The time of year for carved pumpkins and corn fields repurposed to get people lost has arrived. The Farmstead Corn Maize and Pumpkin Festival kicks of its 2012 season today, so you can go get your fix of crop-filled fun right off Interstate 84 and Eagle Road.

There are a dizzying number of things to do at the Farmstead this year. Most notable is the notorious Maize, which in years prior has taken the shape of a Boise State Bronco emblem, a tribute to the bicentennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, and the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.

This year, the Maize is striving to put more fun in politics by making the shape of the course look like Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Maize-wanderers can literally swing left or right, and cast their vote in the Pumpkin Poll.

Kids have their own kiddie maze to wander through, or can be kept in one spot while the adults get lost in the Kids (Are Okay) Corral.

And then there's the peculiar giant lizard thing, called the Creature. Journey past its fanged teeth through the belly and get an educational experience during daylight hours, or get spooked at twilight.

Check out the Sweet Shoppe for a carmel apple or the Grainery Grill for a battered hotdog on a stick, and don't forget to snag a pumpkin to gut in the pumpkin patch.

The Farmstead will be open from 4-11 p.m. today, and admission costs $10.95 or $13.95, depending on which attractions you want to check out. Visit the Farmstead's website for a full list of attractions, hours and prices.