The annual Timberline Farms Corn Maze Festival is ringing in its ninth year of business. For over 31 years, owner Franco Almeida, a Marine veteran, has kept the farm in the family. Almeida has four children and has raised them on this farm.
In April they have the annual Butterfly and Blueberry Festival and in the Fall is the Corn Maze Festival.
“You see the mix of people that come through here,” Almeida said. “The young kids come to have fun and the older people come to reminisce.”
They have their own animals like chickens, turkeys, cows, and ducks. They also grow their own crops on the land.
Anybody can and should attend this festival, from one month to 90 plus year-olds.
“All this stuff is going to be gone if someone doesn’t keep doing this after I’m gone,” Almeida said. “There’s no reason I see this place ever slowing down. I want to keep this business going with the help of my children as long as I can.”
The farm is about 35 acres and holds many different attractions for the people to enjoy like pony, train, and hay rides, a pumpkin patch, face painting, a monster truck ride, the famous corn maze and a ton more.
If you are wanting to go into the corn maze after sunset, please bring your own flashlight.
The country store provides homemade jellies, jams, honey, sauces, and more all at a reasonable price. Local vendors can come and sell their products like t-shirts, jewelry, and food.
With free parking, of course, the general admission prices are children three and under get in free, four and up, $6, and everyone else $8. If you are active military, fire fighter, or law enforcement, it’s free. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time on the website listed down below.
The festival is open from Oct. 5th until Nov. 4th at 8 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m. until dusk, Saturday 10 a.m. until dusk, and Sunday 12 p.m. until dusk.
Event goers, mother Christina Jenrette and daughter Vada Jenrette, 4, found out about this place from her boyfriend who works on the farm.
“I like the corn maze!,” said Jenrette. “I also liked the hay ride and want to go on it again.”
“I would recommend this place to my friends and family for sure,” Jenrette said.
Important note about the hours: admission to the festival will stop at sunset, but all customers may stay on the premises until 9 P.M.
Go to TimberlineFarm.net or look them up on Facebook @timberlinefarms352
Located at 3200 Southeast 115th Street Belleview, Florida 34420. Contact Franco Almedia at (352) 454-4113 for group pricing or any other information.
Stop by and visit the Timberline Farms Corn Maze Festival before its gone! And make sure to check out the blueberry and butterfly farm in 2019!
Story and photos by Taukiya Williams