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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:56 PM
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I survived the world's largest corn maze.
Is this maze cool or what? Luckily, they give each person a map before entering. They also keep track of how many people enter to make sure everyone gets out before closing.

The design has 10.7 miles of trail and covers 28.5 acres. There are 4 mazes and 3 bridges within the picture, and you can enjoy exploring one maze in about half an hour or do all four. The "Glove" maze is 0.8 miles of trail, the "Ivy" maze is 2.1 miles of trail, the "Cubs" maze is 3.8 miles of trail and the "Sox" maze is 4.0 miles of trail.

The cornfield is planted in early May both north-south and east-west to form a dense stand. The original drawing is scanned into a computer and the trails are designed into the mazes. When the corn is 10 inches tall, the trails are tilled guided by a Global Positioning System. The bridges are carefully set in place with a large fork lift and the steps and braces are bolted on. In July, most of the trails are tilled again to clean them up.


http://www.richardsonfarm.com/r-maze.htm



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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:58 PM
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1. that is AWESOME
talk about your field of dreams...
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:27 PM
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3. They've also done a tribute to aviation, Lewis and Clark, and
Da Bears. It was an amazing thing to see.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:16 PM
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11. I love your sigline...
I am part Cree on my Mom's side and part Cherokee on my Dad's side :hi:
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:23 PM
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15. That is so cool!
:hi: Thanks, wildhorses. I love your username. :-)

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Haole Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:01 PM
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2. That's huge!
I went through one in England, but it wasn't half the size of that. I'm glad you survived it. Definitely *not* for the claustrophobic!
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:29 PM
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4. We did one in England too. At Hampton Court.
Nothing like this one though! We could see through and over the one at Hampton Court, plus it was much smaller. I wouldn't have gone in this one without a map.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:27 PM
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5. I went through one last October near Chicago.
It was shaped like Johnny Appleseed and you got a map before you went in, too. After it got dark they had the second half of the maze haunted. We got there early and were surprised to see hundreds of people lined up to get in when we got out.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:41 PM
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6. Ooooo, haunted.
That would be awesome.

The one we went to is open 'til Midnight on Friday and Saturday. I'd like to go back and go through it again at night.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 09:58 PM
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7. This was a beautiful fall, October night with a full moon.
The first scarey thing was a guy jumping out of the corn with a chainsaw running (sans chain). Amazingly, when one of the 16 year old boys in our party encountered this he was so freaked out that he had to go back. It was funny hearing all the screams as we went through.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:13 PM
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9. Do you happen to remember the name of the place,
or where it was located?

If done right, a haunted maze could be very :scared:.

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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:22 PM
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14. Hey, did you check out events from there?
I clicked on the link you provided for the maze & found events 1/2 way down the right side of the page.

Events include a haunted halloween. So there you go! :)
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:29 PM
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17. Get out!
A haunted maze right in front of me. :crazy: We got the full scoop on the place today, but they didn't say a word about it being haunted.

Thanks for enlightening me! :hi:
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:55 PM
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18. You're welcome
Now I want to go for Halloween! Long drive from Oklahoma though. :hi:
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:57 AM
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22. The place I went to was Jonamac Orchard. Here is the link:
http://jonamacorchard.com/corn_maze.php

It is in Malta, IL and just opened this past weekend. I see they are having the haunted corn maze again in October.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:04 AM
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23. Thanks, elocs.
:hi: I'll check it out.
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ThingsGottaChange Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:08 PM
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8. I used to live in Spring Grove!
Never made it to the corn maze though. It really is awesome.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:18 PM
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12. Small world!
:hi:
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:16 PM
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10. It's so great that it's doesn't have a Grateful Dead theme.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:19 PM
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13. How fun!
I would love to go through that.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:40 AM
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20. Both adults and kids enjoyed it.
We went with my sister (DUer, borlis) and her family. My kids went by themselves with one of borlis' kids, and wouldn't take a map. (Mine said they didn't want to be "map nerds." :eyes: They did take a cell phone though. They did fine, but it was impossible to meet up with them inside the maze because without a map, they had no reference point.
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:26 PM
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16. that is a cool maze!
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 10:27 PM by shugah
but doesn't it seem like it ought to be a corn maize? :shrug:

our local corn maze actually has a political path this year - at the top it says "dick de vos or granholm." i can't find a picture of it to post. it's not nearly as well developed or attractive as this one you posted, but it doesn't sound like they're using the same "technology" either.

on edit - the correct answer to the question in the maze is of course, granholm.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:54 AM
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19. Either that or the Amazing Maize Maze.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 06:49 AM
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21. My husband always says Michigan's colors are corn and blue.
He went to MSU. ;-)
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:14 AM
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24. This is the only Maze I've done - it made it to Guiness World Book


This was created in conjunction with my college (although I was out already) and for a bit of time was the largest maze.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:50 AM
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26. Another cool maze!
I like it! :thumbsup:
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:18 AM
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25. Shouldn't that be, "Corn Maize"?
Just askin...

mikey_the_rat
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borlis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:35 PM
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27. When I asked child #3 if he had fun there last night his reply was
"All that walking made me really tired." The little stinker who is 4 years old still didn't fall asleep until after 11:30 last night. :mad: So much for tiring out the little ones. Not mine anyway.
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