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Corn mazes are a popular fall activity that is fun for the entire family and a great way for farms to create additional income from tourism. The point is to solve the maze by finding a route from the start to finish. Many have “activities” and “secret” coded clues on dead end routes setup inside the maze. There are usually bridges, overlooking the maze both for viewing and for those folks who are a bit lost and need a little help with directions. Corn mazes range from family-friendly with additional attractions like hay rides, petting zoos, pumpkin patches and play areas for children, to very scary, haunted-house-type corn mazes. The farms decide on themes, the designs start on graph paper and then are plotted over the fields before planting. Farms and orchards grow specialty corn that is taller than most and very dense. These temporary works of corn art are usually huge, up to 45 acres, and are harvested in November.   Here’s a small photo gallery of some unique corn mazes that we’ve seen over the past few years:

A 15-acre cornfield maze with over 4 miles of twists, turns and dead ends featuring a technology-theme with complex additives of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” from Treinen Farm near Lodi, Wisconsin.

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Covering 12 acres,  David Archuleta’s likeness, along with the phrase “Archuleta 4 President,” was cut into the cornfield at the 2008 Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest located at Thanksgiving Point, Utah after finishing as the runner up in the  7th season of American Idol.

David Archuleta Corn Maze

Brown’s Farm Festival in Oxford, Florida has 10 acres of pure fun!!  They advertise 3 levels of difficulty and encourage you to try all 3.

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 2012 corn maze theme at Server’s in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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NASA-themed corn maze at Cornbelly’s in Lehi, Utah. NASA explained that the theme highlighted the specific region’s contribution to NASA and featured space-related educational games and activities.

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Aerial photo of Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire cat corn maze in Hoosick Falls, NY.

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Black Beard’s Revenge at Davis Farm in Sterling, MA.

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