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      Agritourism helping Midlands farmers grow their business

      LEXINGTON COUNTY (WACH) -- Clinton Sease's father planted the seed and for more than three decades he has cultivated it.

      I wish my dad could be here to see this. He wouldn't believe how this farm has changed, Sease says.

      The Clinton Sease Farm, which survived only by selling produce relies now on entertaining people for profit.

      According to Sease, the business was too small to keep up with major farming operations in the area, so he decided to diversify it with the help of his daughter.

      I think he is proud to see that he was able to keep the farm and not have to sell it, said Sease TMs daughter Carrie Dalton.

      Dalton encouraged her dad to invest in agritourism, an especially popular industry in the fall.

      About 15,000 people attended our corn maze last year, Dalton adds.

      Sease and his family currently operate a three-acre corn maze, five smaller trails, two haunted houses and numerous family-friendly activities.

      Why not let people come out to the farm and get a little taste of what it used to be like? asked Sease.

      Although the attractions are only seasonal, Sease believes agritourism is deeply rooted and it TMs what helps keep his farm open year-round.