Verona corn maze set to open in less than three weeks

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Annual project benefits GRIP Home in Verona The Corn Maize, an annual project of the Group Residential Individualized Program (GRIP) Home in Verona, will open on Sept. 17 with a salute to Branson entertainer Yakov Smirnoff, whose image is seen above at center.

By Lisa Craft

Yakov Smirnoff, a Russian comedian who performs in Branson, will be the centerpiece of this year's Corn Maize in Verona, just off of Highway 60.

The Maize features over seven acres of corn and is operated by GRIP Boys Home in Verona with the help of farmer Jim Sherwood. Sponsors of the attraction are the Springfield Cardinals, Pioneer Seed, Coast to Coast and Clear Channel Communications. The Maize will open on Sept. 17 for its 13th season.

GRIP Boys Home is a non-profit program located in Verona, where every fall they operate the corn maze as their annual fundraiser.

This year, there will be something for everyone, including the cow train, movie nights, hay rides, campfires, country store, hillbilly shootin' range, corn cannon, boxer jocks, pumpkin chuckin' and farm animals. For the young maze lovers there will be Lil' Kernals CORNer with the corn box, bouncer and games. The feed wagon will be on site to provide barbecue and refreshments.

The Maize will donate 100 percent of ticket sales from opening day on Sept. 17 to Children's Miracle Network.

The Maize will give visitors the chance to "get lost" on Sept. 17 through Oct. 29. Hours will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

The "Field of Screams" haunted maze will begin on Sept. 30 at dark and will run every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $8 for ages 12 and up, $4 for ages 5-11 and free for veterans, military with ID and children 4 and under.

Field trip hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday by reservation only. Discounts are offered for groups and field trips.

For more information or to make field trip reservations, call 417-498-6191 or 417-498-6071, e-mail the or visit

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