Family farm turned family attraction provides fun and education

Family farm turned family attraction provides fun and education
This is the 13th year for the property's main attraction, the corn maze. (Photo source: WLOX)
This is the 13th year for the property's main attraction, the corn maze. (Photo source: WLOX)
Seward Farms has been operating as a functional farm for almost 70 years in George County. (Photo source: WLOX)
Seward Farms has been operating as a functional farm for almost 70 years in George County. (Photo source: WLOX)

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Seward Farms has been operating as a functional farm for almost 70 years in George County. The farm is made up of 5,000 acres of produce, cattle, and other animals. Recently, it has become well-known for its attraction for the whole family, including a 10-acre corn maze.

Susan Seward said she opens the farm to the public for the enjoyment of families, but also to educate people on what actually happens on a real farm.

"The generation gap is so big. Average age of a farmer is about 56 years old, so it was neat to be able to open up our doors for an educational purpose and show kids and families what we really do on the farm," said Seward.

This is the 13th year for the property's main attraction, the corn maze. Seward said this year, she and her family were approached by a group starting a worldwide initiative to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peanuts movie, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown."

"I [thought] this would be really cool to do. Everybody loves Charlie Brown, so we did the maze. It's an awesome aerial," said Seward.

The view from the ground is equally impressive, especially to the school group and families that visit all throughout the fall. Seward said keeping up the tradition of the farm is important to her.

"The reason we keep going is because number one, the thank yous and the smiles at the end of the day when our visitors are leaving. When our field trips come through at the end of the week, it's that little hug you get from a first grader, and they look up at you with their big eyes, and they say, 'Thanks. We had so much fun on your farm today,'" said Seward.

This year's maze design celebrates 50 years of the classic Peanuts movie, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," which airs Wednesday on WLOX ABC at 7 p.m.

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