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Cherry Crest A to Z

posted on April 28, 2016
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Twenty-six amazing and super fun things to do at everyone's favorite family farm!!

Interesting Facts About Cows

posted on April 14, 2016
CowCC Interesting Facts About Cows

We might not have cows in our Petting Zoo, but Cherry Crest Farm started out with a dairy cow operation, which was sold in 2002. Even today, the son and granddaughters of owners Jack and Donna Coleman raise beef cows for showing at local fairs and competitions. You’ll find cows on many farms across Lancaster County, whether it’s a dairy-cow operation or not. Here are some interesting facts about cows you might not have known before.

How Our Photo Ops Are Made

posted on March 14, 2016
How Out Photo Ops Are Made Main How Our Photo Ops Are Made

If you’ve traveled through our five-acre corn maze, you’ve probably stumbled across a photo op somewhere in your journey. These wooden cut-outs are the perfect opportunity for a family photo or a goofy memory. If you’ve visited us more than one year, you might have noticed that most of our photo ops change from year to year, to reflect the maze theme! Some of the photo ops outside the maze have stayed the same over the years, but the ones inside the maze area always different. We are fortunate enough to have several artistic employees who are able to create our photo ops in house.

Cherry Crest by the Numbers

posted on March 8, 2016
Gameboard Laminations Cherry Crest Logo Cherry Crest by the Numbers

Some people react more strongly to information when it’s given in numbers rather than words or pictures. These are often the people who are good at (and actual enjoy) mathematics. But even if you’re not a “numbers person,” you might find some of these figures to be quite interesting—some of them are downright staggering! Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Cherry Crest, “by the numbers.”

Lancaster County Farming Facts

posted on February 26, 2016
Lancaster Farming Facts Lancaster County Farming Facts

Learn some fun facts about Lancaster County and it's agricultural lifestyle right here. There is lots to learn about this thriving landscape!

The Man Behind the Maze: An Interview with Don Frantz

posted on February 15, 2016
corn maze blue sky The Man Behind the Maze: An Interview with Don Frantz

The first corn maze in the world was created by Don Frantz in 1993 at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, he started the American Maze Company, which still designs the corn mazes at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm today. Read on for an inside look at the man behind the maze!

History of Popcorn

posted on January 29, 2016
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Ever wonder how America's favorite snack was discovered? Let us tell you all you need to know about popcorn! You will feel your head "popping" with knowledge!

How the Maze Theme Develops

posted on January 12, 2016
20th Season Cherry Crest How the Maze Theme Develops

It’s no secret that the employees at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm are a creative bunch. Not only can you see it in the signage and aesthetics around the farm, but we’ve been open for 20 years now and not ONCE have we repeated a maze theme! We get asked quite often how we choose the theme each year, and truly it’s a fascinating journey.

10 Interesting Facts About Chickens

posted on November 24, 2015
Chickens on farm 10 Interesting Facts About Chickens

Chickens are iconic farm animals, but many people don't know anything about them! We think that everybody can learn a little about our squawking friends, so here is a list of interesting facts about chickens!

4 Pumpkin Foods to Try This Fall

posted on October 26, 2015
pumpkin seeds 4 Pumpkin Foods to Try This Fall

Fall is just around the corner, which means chilly weather and sweatshirts and campfires… but also all things PUMPKIN! It’s no surprise that here at the farm we’re big fans of pumpkins. Here are four pumpkin-themed recipes to try this fall!

History of Funnel Cakes

posted on October 19, 2015
mini funnel cake History of Funnel Cakes

The fall season at Cherry Crest brings a lot of fun fall foods, including a county fair favorite—funnel cakes! Many people find the fried dough and powdered sugar combination to be absolutely irresistible. Read on to find out a little bit more about the history of these tasty treats!

10 Surprising Things That Are Made from Corn

posted on October 5, 2015
corn field green 10 Surprising Things That Are Made from Corn

Corn is one of Lancaster's major exports and for good reason! There are a ton of common products that contain corn in one way or another. You can learn more about the many uses of corn with this list!

Who Are the Amish?

posted on September 28, 2015
Amish Buggy Along Road b Who Are the Amish?

If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in Lancaster County, you’ve probably noticed the unusual amount of plain-dressed folk who get around by horse-and-buggy. Our Amish friends make up roughly 5% of the Lancaster County population, according to a 2010 census. This religious group of people, with roots in the Anabaptist tradition, are well-known for their commitment to a simplistic lifestyle, free of modern conveniences and technology.

9 Interesting Facts About Goats

posted on September 21, 2015
goat cute profile 9 Interesting Facts About Goats

If you’ve spent any time at our farm, you’ve probably seen, fed and petted our friendly goats in the Petting Zoo. Various breeds of goats at Cherry Crest, including Boer goats, Nubian goats, Angora goats, and Pygmy goats. Here are some interesting facts that you might not have known about four-legged friends!

2015 Photo Contest

posted on September 8, 2015
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We see many of you snapping pictures while you’re here at the farm, so why not share them with us… and maybe win some free passes in the process!! We love to see our guests having fun, so every year we hold a Photo Contest and YOU can enter for the chance to win passes!

We choose winners in each category, as well as overall Grand Prize winners. While you don’t need to specify which category each photo is in, it can be helpful for you as you’re choosing which photos to enter.

Opening Day: What’s New?

posted on July 29, 2015
Lemonade Stand For New Attractions Opening Day: What’s New?

When have lots to offer here at Cherry Crest Farms, but this year we have a lot more fun activities for you to enjoy! From Country Pigs Races to a School House Sweet Shop, We have something for everyone! Come see what we have in store for you!

Tips for Tackling the Maze—with Kids!

posted on July 20, 2015
Little Girl Running Through Maze Tip Tips for Tackling the Maze—with Kids!

While we get many adults, young couples and teenaged youth groups who travel through the maze, an overwhelming percentage of our guests are families with young kids! For many parents, the thought of tackling a 5-acre corn maze (with 2.5 miles of paths) seems difficult enough, let alone when you throw kids into the mix. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to make the maze a family-friendly attraction—and one that can be enjoyed by everyone, even parents with young kids.

How the Maze Is Made

posted on June 9, 2015
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You might have visited Lancaster’s favorite Amazing Maize Maze many times, but do you know how the corn maze is made each year? It’s a yearly process that we have worked hard to perfect. And while there’s always more to learn and new ideas to try, we have pretty much got it down to a science. Read on to find out how we make our corn maze each year!

There’s always time to Bounce Back to Cherry Crest!

posted on May 18, 2015
Baby Chick Standing On Logs Cherry Crest There’s always time to Bounce Back to Cherry Crest!

If you want to visit the farm as many times as possible this summer, you should be considering our Bounce Back Pass. It’s an opportunity for you and your family to come back as many times as you want until September 18th, 2015! That means more chances to cuddle the baby chicks, more ways to get lost in the maze, more opportunities to eat our delicious freshly roasted sweet corn, and more times to jump on our giant jump pillow.
Family fun for all!

Cherry Crest: “Then vs. Now”

posted on May 11, 2015
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Where Fun Grows Cherry Crest: “Then vs. Now”

When Jack and Donna Coleman first opened Cherry Crest Farm in August 1996, they had no idea what they were getting into. It started as an idea, a way to make some extra money on the side. It grew into a full-fledged, seasonal agri-tourism business that is still thriving today. Things sure have changed though—as with any business venture, you learn as you go. The Coleman’s and the staff of Cherry Crest strive to continually make the farm and the business better. Over the years, we’ve seen ideas and activities come and go; some have been seen through to completion and other got stuck at the drawing board. It’s always interesting to see where we’ve been—and compare it to where we are now!

Unique Mazes

posted on April 23, 2015
Unique_Corn_Maze_Article Unique Mazes

While corn mazes like the one at Cherry Crest are very popular here in the US; farms and venues all over the world have used many different materials to build mazes. Of course, the possibilities are endless, limited only by your own creativity. Here are some of the world’s most fascinating mazes!

11 Things You Never Knew About Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

posted on April 10, 2015
old cherry crest farm maze 1996 11 Things You Never Knew About Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Cherry Crest Farm has been around for a very long time, and we have quite the history! Here are some quick facts that you might have not even guessed were true! Did you know that Cherry Crest Farm's famous Maize Maze has over 2.5 miles of pathways? I bet not! Check out the list to learn more about Cherry Crest Farm!

5 Fun Foods to Make This Easter

posted on March 30, 2015
birds nest candy cherry crest easter 5 Fun Foods to Make This Easter

Easter is a great holiday to spend time with your family, and a fantastic holiday to make fun snacks! Check out all of these fun foods that you can make this Easter to impress all of your friends and family! All of the recipes have links, and Easter is right around the corner... so get baking!

Draw Your Own Cretan Laybrinth

posted on March 18, 2015
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YOU can draw your own Cretan labyrinth! Just follow these 9 easy steps. I used graph paper to help make the lines nice and even, but you can draw the labyrinth anywhere!

Ten Fun Facts About Pigs

posted on March 6, 2015
Piglet Ten Fun Facts About Pigs

We’ve been doing some research about pigs! These fascinating creatures have delighted children for years, with their pink color and curly tails and high-pitched squeals. Read more about them here!

The History of Mazes - Part 3

posted on February 27, 2015
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This is the final installment in a three-part series about the fascinating history of mazes! Check it out!!

The History of Mazes, Part 2

posted on February 18, 2015
GardenMaze The History of Mazes Part

This is the second article, in a three-part installment, about the history of mazes. Read on and learn more about this fascinating art form!

The History of Mazes, Part 1

posted on February 9, 2015
Pix The History of Mazes Part

So, Where did mazes come from? How did the people of ancient history decide to create a complex and confusing mass of pathways for the purpose of entertainment? What’s the difference between a maze and a labyrinth, anyway?

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

posted on January 27, 2015
winter Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Don't let winter get you down! It may be dreary and depressing outside, but you can still feel warm and happy inside! Try one (or all) of these five ways to beat the winter blues.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in the Winter!

posted on January 20, 2015
SnowBranch Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in the Winter!

Enjoy a Snapshot of Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in the Winter! We may be closed, but we're still busy making Cherry Crest the best it can be! Enjoy some beautiful photos of the farm during the chilly months.

The History of Cherry Crest

posted on January 13, 2015
Corn Boy The History of Cherry Crest

You love to visit us, but have you ever wondered about the history of Cherry Crest? Read this fascinating article about our wonderful farm and learn how we evolved to become the a-MAZE-ing attraction we are today!

2014 Pumpkin Madness Festival

posted on October 13, 2014
Pumpkin Pile 2014 Pumpkin Madness Festival

How many ways can you demolish a pumpkin? Well Cherry Crest is on a quest to find out. After Halloween is over, we’ll be taking our left over pumpkins and transforming the farm into a frenzy of pumpkin destruction. Throwing, launching, hurling, rolling, dropping & trampling are all part of the festivities of our third Annual Pumpkin Madness Festival. Bring your leftover pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns from home or use some of our leftover stash, while supplies last.