The Historic O’Keefe Ranch is preparing for a change of seasons. The doors to the mansion, church and log house are closing soon for the winter and yet staff and volunteers are preparing for the busiest month ahead.
Opening on Saturday, October 7, the O’Keefe Ranch invites the community to attend Family Daze in the Corn Maze, an event for all ages featuring a brand new 2 acre corn maze to explore. The twists and turns will surely make you dizzy, then add to that, plenty of spooktacular Halloween scenes around every corner.
“The O’Keefe Ranch is a place for everyone. Family Daze is suitable for young children and grandparents too. It’s not terrifying like Field of Screams. The corn maze has scary props but there are no live actors in our daytime events, we keep that element for Field of Screams. Family Daze is intended to give everyone another chance to visit the Ranch, have some outdoor fun, share the space with family and friends, and enjoy the harvest season.” – Glen Taylor, General Manager
Big kids and little kids can run through the maze but there is still more to see at the Ranch. The Balmoral School House and General Store will be decorated for the occasion, and perhaps more suitable for guests who are not as amused by the scary scenes in the maze. The Ranch is offering pony rides for children and tractor rides for everyone. Kids can climb on the spider web, take part in an art activity in the O’Keefe Kids Korner, or have their face painted in the spirit of the season. And of course, what’s Halloween without candy, be sure to visit the General Store for a tasty old fashioned treat.
Admission to Family Daze in the Corn Maze is $10 per person or $30 for a family of 5. The event runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm every weekend in October, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28 (there is no event on October 29). Food trucks will be onsite as well. The corn maze is an annual fundraising event at the O’Keefe Ranch. Proceeds support the care and maintenance of the historic buildings, collections and artifacts, and to aid educational opportunities for the public.
The O’Keefe Ranch is open daily from 10am-5pm until October 1st (and for various special events in the off-season). The Ranch is located at 9380 Hwy 97N Vernon BC. For more information visit www.okeeferanch.ca
The O’Keefe Ranch tells the story of early BC Ranching and endeavors to preserve the history and culture of the early ranching era for future generations.