Poplarville maze opens for the season on Saturday

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A family attraction a few miles outside Poplarville wants to be educational, as well as fun. When BlueJack Ridge opens on Saturday, visitors will notice instead of corn the staff grew Sudan grass this year.

The staff says the grass is more dense than corn plants and can get up to 12 feet high. BlueJack Ridge wants to teach students about South Mississippi's Native American culture. So the mazes are shaped like a buffalo, an Indian head dress and a tomahawk.

Visitors can also step inside an authentic teepee, shoot bows and arrows and dig for arrowheads.

"When you're talking to schools and allowing students to come out here you want to create an educational element for them,"said owner Kristi Harris. "Because a field trip is just another day out of the classroom. So we made this our classroom at BlueJack Ridge so they could come out here and there was no excuse for them not to come. They would come out here and learn things about our history. Learn things about what's right in their back door."

The popular petting zoo, pony rides and pig races are back along with a western town includes a saloon and jail.

The staff said about 15,000 visitors came through last year. Of those 6,000 were school children.

Now, if you get lost in the maze you can send the staff a text message and someone will come get you.

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