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Tuesday, Oct 08 2013 06:00 AM

Corn mazes, hayrides and pumpkins at Murray Family Farms

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Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins decorate the grounds of Murray Family Farms for their annual October Fun Fest. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Fruit picking isn't the only activity available to visitors at Murray Family Farms. There are playgrounds, a petting zoo and a huge bounce house. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Soon this baby pumpkin, one of thousands in Murray Family Farms' pumpkin patch will soon be ripe enough to be picked by visitors. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Fruit picking isn't the only activity available to visitors at Murray Family Farms. There are playgrounds, a petting zoo and a huge bounce house. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Murray Family Farms offers hay rides to allow visitors to tour the 285-acre farm and orchard. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Murray Family Farms has decked out the front of their building for October. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins decorate the grounds of Murray Family Farms for their annual October Fun Fest. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins decorate the grounds of Murray Family Farms for their annual October Fun Fest. Gregory D. Cook/Tehachapi News

Murray Family Farms provides a variety of activities year-round, but for the month of October, gets a fall-themed makeover for its annual October Fun Fest. The farm, which normally sports a petting zoo, hayrides, fruit and berry picking and other activities, adds a whole slew of fall harvest and Halloween-oriented attractions.

The popular corn mazes are back, and this year they revolve around dinosaurs and spiders. Guests can wander through a giant maze of growing corn filled with fun facts and activities. The farm's petting zoo, Auntie Annabelle's Animal Farm, has also been completely renovated and now features a new walk-through aviary, frog pond and peacock house.

Three new interactive games will be featured during the 2013 October Fun Fest, where kids can have fun while learning about nature and farming while playing the Funky Pumpkin, Finger Funnel and Fruit Punch games.

There is also a kiddy maze featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin, where kids can learn about "being square in a round world." Spookley is the official "spokes-pumpkin" for the Society of Bullying Prevention Center.

Murray Family Farms also boasts a large pumpkin patch where guests can pick their own pumpkin, hayride tours of the farm and a 60-by-100-foot bounce pillow to keep visitors busy.

Inside the farm's big red barn, the Cal-Okie Kitchen offers a variety of menu items, including the farm's scratch-made pies.

Murray Family Farms is located right off of Highway 58, at the General Beale Road exit, and the barn is open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the farm activities are open weekdays from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. for more information, consult the farm's website at www.murrayfamilyfarms.com. Journey

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