Lazy Acres Opens for Fall

A giant corn maze, chunkin' pumpkins and pig races are just a few of the essentials you'll find on this farm. Lazy Acres has been a staple in Chunky, Mississippi for over 30 years. Now fall is here and the plantation is open to the public, this year with a special dedication in mind.

"This year our corn maze is honoring the 186th Air Refueling Wing," said Michael May, owner of Lazy Acres. "My dad retired from there, and he has since passed away. He's the one who actually founded Lazy Acres, so we were thinking of a way to honor him, as well as our military, the men and women who are serving."

But the dedication doesn't stop there. You can only see it from an aerial view, but they've actually cut the outline of an airplane into this corn maze.

"I was Facebooking the other night with a friend of mine who's in Kuwait, and he was thanking me for the design of the maze, and he's a member of the 186," said May. "If we can do anything to honor our military, hopefully through this maze, that's something we'll do."

The state tourism office has designated the month of October as Agri-tourism Month. A chance to show off all that the state has to offer in this time of harvest.

"Something like this, Lazy Acres, is representative of who we are in Mississippi," said Sandra Chambers, supervisor of the Lauderdale County State Welcome Center. "We have long been known as an agricultural state. To be able to share the farm, if you will, with visitors to the state, is like sharing a part of who we are with the rest of the world."

Lazy Acres holds different events each weekend, like the pumpkin princess pageant and a Christian concert, that keeps people pouring in from all over.

"To bring everyone together, and Lazy Acres the maze, they do a really good job of that, said Amanda Blackburn, executive director of the Newton Chamber of Commerce. "Of promoting outside Newton County, they do a really good job of bringing everyone together."

Lazy Acres is open on weekends through the rest of October.