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Georgia's Rock Ranch autumn festival features NASA corn maze
Georgia's Rock Ranch autumn festival features NASA corn maze

MACON, Ga. -- America's space program has landed in the heart of Georgia, in a corn field located on a cattle ranch.

Autumn across Georgia brings with it a season for pumpkins, harvests and a huge NASA-styled corn maze located in the midst's of the Peach State.

The Rock Ranch, located northwest of Macon, is a member of the nationwide program Space Farm 7, and the home to a NASA sponsored corn maze depicting a huge astronaut and the NASA logo in honor of fifty years of space exploration.

Space Farm 7 are seven ranches selected by the space agency across America to help promote the science of agriculture for children.

“In 1969, I sat with my family glued to a television watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon for the first time,” the ranch's General Manager Jeff Manley said. “So, now that we have the opportunity to commemorate with NASA their decades of successes, it is truly an honor.”

Several space educational displays stand near the maze on loan from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The 1,250 acre Rock Ranch, owned by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, is a working cattle ranch created to help teach children and adults the sciences of agriculture and farming.

NASA is helping to promote the growing of crops not only on earth but in space for future long duration trips to an asteroid or Mars.

Manley adds The Rock Ranch's partnership with NASA allows the ranch to present a rich educational moment for children who are unable to visit the several space centers across America.

Festivities surrounding the eight acre astronomical corn maze will happen during the next two Saturdays, November 5 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Children and adults can enjoy a train ride and a fun scenic hay ride while at the ranch.

Rock Ranch also offers a petting zoo, pony rides and the chance to speed down a zip line. The famous Pumpkin Cannon is another ballistic highlight of the day for visitors.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance.


   (Charles Atkeison covers local science and technology. Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)