10 Years ago my older brother, Mike, decided that we should cut a giant maze into one of our corn fields and open it to the public. It sounded like a big undertaking, but we went with it. We created a 14 acre maze, and we really had no idea if people would even want to come wander around in the corn field. As it turns out, people LOVE it. This year marks our 10th anniversary!
We’ve kind of created a monster. The corn maze has become quite the fall attraction here in our little part of the world. A typical Saturday in October can bring in more than 1500 people. Yeah, that’s a lot. Did I mention that things sure are busy around here in the fall?
Over the past 10 years we’ve created some pretty intricate maze designs. You can see photos of all of them right here.
This year, being our 10th anniversary we wanted to do something a little special. It just so happens that another big milestone happened in our family this year as well – Grandma Shryock turned 90 years old! Mike decided that we should surprise her by making this year’s maze in her honor. And when I say surprise, I mean surprise. We planned, and constructed the entire maze without revealing the design. Then we had an ariel photographer fly over and snap a photo of the entire maze. We said nothing about this to Grandma until we showed her the photograph at her birthday party. She was pretty much speechless. At first she thought it was a joke, but when she realized what we had done she said, “it’s awesome!”
Here is Grandma fishing this summer in our lake. She was reeling them in left and right that day!
And here’s the photo of the corn maze. Yep, that’s grandma’s face!
We have pumpkins, and kettle corn (yum!) and hot cider and hot chocolate.
You can roast something over a fire. May I suggest marshmallows?
You can definitely get lost in the maze for a couple of hours. If you are brave enough, you can get lost in the maze for a couple of hours in the pitch black at night!
It’s fall on the farm…the best season of all!