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Ard’s corn maze is a family tradition and a tribute to farmers

The corn maze at Ard’s Dairy Farm is a tribute to farmers across the nation.

“It says ‘Hats off to the American farmer,’” said Julie Ard James, who helps run the agri-tourism business in Ruth in southeast Lincoln County.

Getting through the maze is tricky, but fun. The Ards added an extra challenge by opening the maze at night so guests can make their way through with flashlights.

The maze is open today and Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday and Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $9 and includes a pumpkin souvenir. Admission for age 2 and younger is free.

During daytime hours, visitors can also enjoy farm tours, rides on the moo choo trains, a zip line and wagon rides. There’s also a butter-making station and baby calves to visit. Concessions are available.

The flashlight maze is open on Saturday nights beginning at 6 p.m. Flashlights are not provided.

“You’ve got to bring your own,” Ard said.

Admission is $8 for the flashlight maze. The last tickets are sold at 8:30 p.m.

The Ards are bringing movie night to the maze this year.

They’ll show “Coco” Nov. 1. The maze opens at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $8. Ard encourages families to bring chairs and blankets. There will be a campfire also.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

This is the ninth year the Ards have opened the maze.

“It’s been really fun to see the families come back year after year and see their kids growing up,” she said.

Ard’s Dairy Farm is located at 3479 Orchard Lane SE in Ruth. If you’re headed southeast on Hwy. 583, turn left onto Junction Lane and then right onto Orchard Lane. Ard warned that GPS isn’t always accurate when it comes to finding their farm.

“We have a cow sign where you turn,” she said. “Sometimes GPS takes you a different way.”

For more information, call or text 601-606-8418.