St. Bernard Farms opens once again

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This is a depiction of the Batman maze the venue is hosting this year.

Falling leaves and dropping temperatures means that summer is over and for many, that means the Halloween season is just beginning.

For those in Eastern New Mexico, this also means that St. Bernard Farms is open once again.

St. Bernard Farms, located just outside of Clovis, will be the largest local source for Halloween’s biggest staple – pumpkins. Sponsored by mix 107.5 and the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the venue is open from Sept 15 through Oct. 28. This amusement park features a pumpkin patch, along with carnival type rides and attractions, a petting zoo, carousel and more.

Many come from all around to St. Bernard Farms for its attractions. Many show up just to hand pick a pumpkin right from a patch, and a few may just show up for the classic carnival foods or the fried funnel cakes and cotton candy.

But perhaps the biggest draw for St. Bernard patrons is the corn maze, which has a different theme of classic characters every year and spans over eight acres of land. This year, the maze will be Batman-themed, featuring a large image of Batman and his bat signal.

Portales resident Joe Armijo, who has checked out the amusement park in the past, said he is excited.

“I went the year they had it themed after Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin. It was so cool. I really can’t wait to go back again this year with my kids,” he said.

A country store is also on sight, selling food items, such as hotdogs, nachos, funnel cakes and other various types of fair food and drink.

“One of my favorites is the fried Oreos. They are probably really bad for you, but I can’t help but have at least one every time I go there,” said Texico resident Frieda Meeks.

The park will also feature other attractions, such as a haunted house and maze that will open closer to Halloween. For those not looking for a fright, the park also offers activities, such as a petting zoo, duck races and classic carnival rides like carousels.

Entrance fees are $10 for 4 years old and up. Attendees 3 years and younger get in free. Special discounts are also offered to police, firefighters, EMTs and veterans.

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