Corn Maze – Pt. 2
Why we design it the way we do.
Deciding on a corn maze design is quite a process. If you are following this series, you learned about how it’s cut, and now we are going to share with you how other past designs came to life!
Did you visit our maze year 1?
Dean and I joke that we created our first maze with a case of beer and a lawn mower. While that isn’t all that far from the truth, it sure looks like it’s the whole story, after all a corn maze is just a bunch of twists and turns and dead ends right? This is how the city girl in me, who couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to walk through a corn field, figured was the case so we got to work with just that plan in mind.
Out came the computer armed with Google Earth (Dean’s favorite computer program) to generate a birds eye view of the field we wanted to set people loose in. After a design was finalized on paper, and the corn was peaking through the soil, we set off to layout the the maze… our three ducklings in tow. The process entailed me deciding roughly where I was in the field by eyeballing which house in the neighboring development I lined up with, the kids planting white flags when told, and Dean not far behind with our zero turning mower. I think that’s where the beer was hiding!
Once the maze ‘grew up’, and to make things interesting, we decided to make yard signs with various farm trivia questions to place at the 8 or so dead ends. The challenge for our guests was to take a postcard and golf pencil as they entered and set out to find all the trivia signs. We hoped that people would learn a thing or two about bees, farming, pumpkins, and pigs by the time they turned their cards in for a drawing that we would do at the end of the season. We learned a lot from that season, 1. don’t give out writing utensils because 3/4 of them would be tilled under after harvest, 2. that no matter the final product, it was a perfect venue to teach our guests any range of things we could and they’d have fun with it, and 3. that this was not an easy task and we needed to bring in the professionals!
The next year we worked with a great company out of Wisconsin to help us create the perfect replica of the North Liberty Centennial logo in corn. It was a perfect time to highlight everything our town started with and the values our farm grew from. It was also perfect timing as Dean’s dad, the 2nd generation to farm this land, had passed away that spring and what better way was there to honor his heritage. The trivia created for that maze was another fun way to teach some of the young families that call NL home for such a short time, a little more about it’s deep roots in the State of Iowa!
The next year was our opportunity to support the very organization that helped to save Dean, owner and brainchild of CPP, from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 15 years earlier. Be The Match is the National Marrow Donor Program who finds life saving bone marrow donor matches for those with not much hope for beating cancer otherwise. While a portion of our proceeds had been going to this organization since we started, this was a way we could bring the cause to an even bigger audience. It was a great success and we topped the season off with a very special, and highly emotional, meeting of a local bone marrow recipient and donor! This cause was very near and dear to our hearts, and probably my favorite corn maze to date!
Follow along in the next of this blog series to find out what lead us to create our last 2 years mazes benefitting some of our favorite 2, and 4 legged friends!