Is This the Last Year for The Farmstead Corn Maze?
In 2016, the corn maze went viral thanks to late night host, Jimmy Fallon. It chose #FallonAtTheFarmstead as their theme for the season. Once it reached Fallon's desk, he sent resident stunt bear, Hashtag the Panda to skydive into the middle of it.
The same year, The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival was in the running as one of the best corn mazes in the country in a USA Today readers poll. National attention aside, spending time at The Farmstead is something Treasure Valley families look forward to every autumn. 2018 might be the last year to experience The Farmstead as you know it.
According to the Idaho Statesman, the 51.6 acres along I-84 that the festival calls home has been sold to Idaho Central Credit Union. The credit union plans to build a new regional mortgage center and call center there, but it's unclear when construction on the project may begin. The sale wasn't a surprise to the Lowe family, who owns and operates the corn maze. BoiseDev originally reported that the land was for sale back in 2016 and the Lowe family tells the Statesman they've been kept in the loop during the whole process.
So what does that mean for one of the most beloved corn mazes in the Treasure Valley? They know they'll still be at the I-84 and Eagle Road location for the 2018 season that runs from September 21 - November 3, but after that it's up in the air.
The Lowes do have other farmland in the Meridian area, but the location isn't quite as prime as the one they farm into the corn maze now. Moving there is a possibility. It's unclear whether or not that's the same property that the Farmstead lived at from 2006-2009 when the land was contracted the first time around.
So the answer to that original question? No. It's not the last year for The Farmstead. There's a chance things might look a little different come 2019, but the Lowes are committed to keeping a great Treasure Valley Halloween tradition alive for as long as they can!