Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Rich With History

 

For the past seven years, the Futch family has hosted the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze on the Single R Ranch in Plant City, Florida. The history of the land far outdates the maze. The beginning of the story goes all the way back to 1920 when Ralph Futch purchased 2,000 acres of land in Plant City to raise cattle and citrus.


In 1972, Ralph’s son and fifth-generation Floridian Alvin Futch purchased the ranch and cattle operation. When Alvin passed in April 2019 at the age of 87, his children took over operations of the working cattle ranch with the help of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This land is where the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze maze comes to life each year.


In 2015, Hillsborough County named the Futch family the Farm Family of the Year. We serve on the board of The Florida Agritourism Association as well as the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau. We are proud to be a part of the agriculture community in Plant City and a longstanding member of this beautiful town.

Best-Kept Secret
While Plant City is known for growing the best strawberries in the country, it also has one of the best family friendly events around. People from all over the country have visited the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze hidden in our little corner of Plant City.


Through the years, guests have participated in events such as dummy calf roping, pumpkin painting, hayrides, face painting, duck races using old fashioned pitcher pumps, cornhole games, a corn box for young children and an enormous slingshot. We’ve also had the privilege of offering delicious food including kettle corn, hamburgers, hotdogs, fresh lemonade, and several other delicacies.


In addition, we post our favorite delicious recipes for strawberry pizza, Aunt B’s upside down apple pie, and Squirrely’s Pumpkin Pie on this website so you can have a little fall fun of your own at home.


The Futch family and Single R Ranch is a vault of hidden treasures just a short drive from Tampa or Orlando. For more information about our corn maze, visit our event page and mark your calendars to attend!

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2019 Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Off to a Strong Start

Planning and preparing a corn maze takes time, work, and effort. This year, the Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) in Dover, Florida, offered two $1,000 scholarships to students at the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation in Plant City to help design and prepare the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze. We’d like to thank FSGA for its participation and donation of the scholarships.


Betty A. Morris, a full-time Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst, and Tim C. Jaskiewicz, a full-time professional surveyor, both work for multi-disciplined engineering firms and have years of experience. They are also pursuing a degree in Geomatics.


When they first started working on the maze, they knew and understood the need for speed. They started planning as early as May, when they first met with Janet and Carson Futch to discuss the time frames and maze parameters. They also discussed path dimensions and safety rules. After the meeting, they immediately began working on plans for the design of the maze.


They went to the field to set up a new control monument and collect all the existing features so they make the appropriate adjustments to the design and figure out all the field materials they would need to complete the project.
They worked consistently and were ready for planting by June 6. After planting, they begin to put out a variety of colored flags to mark off each path correctly according to the design and get it ready for the first mowing by June 29.


Betty then came out on July 4 to pick up the flags and make sure everything was going according to plan. She also came out several times to visit the site and fly the drone to get an aerial image of the field so she could submit it to their professor to be graded for their senior project.


All of this work made for a combined time of 142 hours invested in the project before July even started. While there is still a lot more work to be done and plans to be finalized before opening day, we are incredibly thankful for all the hard work Betty and Tim have put in so we can embrace the maze’s challenge this fall.

 

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A One-of-a-Kind, Easy-to-Find Tourist Attraction in Central Florida

Pack the kids in the car and skip the hotel pool or day at the beach— you’ve got a fun day waiting for you at our plant city corn maze.

Located at 3002 Charlie Taylor Road in Plant City, Florida, which is situated right between Tampa and Orlando and away from the crowds of theme parks and tourist attractions in Central Florida, the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is a unique Florida fall attraction for families and/or groups looking of any age looking to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure. The Single R Ranch, which has been in the Futch family for six generations, hosts the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze each fall.

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City folk can come out here and have a whole new perspective of country living.

The owners of the property are down to earth people, were anyone and everyone will feel welcomed to the fox squirrel maze. Ther is plenty for the kids to do and adults from free hay rides to horse back riding and also free blue grass band, great southern food, and evan a pumpkin patch to pick out your Halloween decor!! This place is priceless for the memories you and your family will experience. You will absolutely make it a family tradition to return!!

Israel C.
Plant City, FL

Absolutely worth the trip.

We live about 50 mins away but such a great time. You cant find places like this. Where I grew up they were everywhere but having the experience with my kids was fantastic. Big thanks to everyone at Fox Squirrel for putting it all together and making it possible.

Nick A.
Tampa, FL

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