By Beth O’Brien, reporting for Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County
Located off Highway 105 in Montgomery is one of the most unique fall festivals in the area at P-6 Farms, named for the six members of the Poole family who started the farm nine years ago.
The fall festival features two corn mazes – one large and one small – that are cut into eight acres of corn on the farm. The idea for the farm came from Bo Poole, who owns the farm with his wife, Carey, and their four children.
“My husband read an article in Farm and Ranch magazine about a farm in San Antonio that had a maze. We decided to go see him (the owner) and, to make a long story short, we ended up joining the Maze Group, an organization,” said Carey.
The Maze Group consists of individual farmers who collaborate.
“My father-in-law had just been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and ended up with a double lung transplant. We moved quickly. We wanted him to see the fruition of this, at least a year or two. He did, and now he watches from above,” Carey said.
The Farm’s annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze starts Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 9.
P-6 also has a pumpkin patch, which is a huge draw.
“There aren’t any pumpkin patches anywhere near us, where you actually pick off the vine, so that’s been hugely popular and really fun to watch the kids out there pick their pumpkin. We planted 30,000 pumpkin seeds,” said Poole.
New to the festival this year for the kids is picking a flower patch, which will feature sunflowers and zinnias.
The Festival also has various and unique rides, including a vintage rollercoaster and some other rides. Some of the food you can enjoy includes kettle corn and barbecue sandwiches.
P-6 Farms is located at 9963 Poole Road, which also happens to be where the family lives.
“We cannot get away from work,” said Poole with a laugh. Poole added that it’s fun to be able to live where you work, saying her parents live there full-time and they’ll usually sit on the porch when the field trips are going on and can hear the kids laughing, and her in-laws visit frequently.
“Both [sets of] parents are respectfully involved in the business, which I think makes it unique, to be able to say our kids work here, a lot of family communities work here and my parents and his parents,” said Poole.
Close to 45 people will make up the staff this year. Attendance has grown over the years.
“Last year, our biggest weekend crowd, I would say, was probably 5,000 or 6,000,” said Poole.
P-6 Farms is open Saturdays and Sundays through October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. They’re also open the first two Saturdays in November.
Tickets to the festival online cost $16.95 in advance or $18.95 at the gate.
For more information on P-6 Farms’ annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze, log onto www.P-6farms.com