How do we make our corn maze?
Each year we get many questions about how we make our corn maze. Here's a peek behind the scenes at how it goes from an idea on paper to getting so many people lost and laughing!
The corn maze is planted around mid-June every year depending on the weather. It takes about 6 hours to plant.
The field is planted in both directions to create a grid.
An outline of the field is drawn on about 20 pieces of graph paper taped together. Each line on the graph paper represents 1 row of corn.
After the paths are cut, a small tractor and rotary tiller are sent through the maze to make sure the paths have no corn in them. This often takes a full day to complete.
The paths are then compacted and the rocks are removed in order to make the terrain as safe as possible for explorers.
As the corn grows, we strip the leaves off the stalks that line the paths to make it easier to see and safer to travel.
The maze is then designed by hand. This process alone takes one or two days and several erasers.
When the corn is about a foot tall, the giant graph paper map is very carefully followed and the paths are cut out using a trimmer. A lot of counting and re-counting is involved. The job takes a team of two or three people about two days to complete.
If a mistake is made, we have to re-design the maze while in the field.
By the time the maze opens, the corn in the maze can be up to 15 feet tall.
We use feed corn to grow the maze. It is edible, but humans don't find it very enjoyable.