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Hours at Gritt's Fun Farm are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $8 for ages 9 to 60; $6 for ages 3 to 8 and those over 60; free for age 2 and under. Call 304-937-2565 or visit facebook.com/GrittsFarm
BUFFALO, W.Va. -- The kids are running and playing everywhere. Through the corn maze. Atop and through the tunnels of the hay maze. They come shooting down through corn slides into a soft landing in a pit of foot-deep corn kernels. They launch apples for distance from apple cannons and slingshots.
Lois and Bob Gritt couldn't be happier. Call it what you will, but in a few short years they have quietly mastered the art of agri-entertainment at what they are calling Gritt's Fun Farm during Halloween season.
"Last year, we did a little bit under 10,000 people," Bob Gritt said a week before Halloween. "This year we're already over 20,000."
The visitors come to try to puzzle their way through a vast 10-acre corn maze. Or they amble through the smaller, more kid-friendly 2-acre maze chopped through a field of cornstalks.
"It's our second big year," said Lois Gritt, who when asked how many people have been coming out, initially just smiles and says "a lot."
"We easily a lot of days do 200 to 300 kids in school groups. Then, on weekends it's just been packed," she said. "We're attracting people from all over the state. We're getting people out of Kentucky, Ohio."
Fall weather at the sprawling Gritt's Farm used to just mean selling mums and already-picked pumpkins. A little over a decade ago, Bob Gritt opened up a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
"All of this has kind of blossomed from that," said Lois Gritt, gesturing toward the mazes. The children's play area and beyond.
They first added a small play area, got a good response and Bob and crew kept on building and adding.