Exeter Corn Maze offers Halloween thrills, chills

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Artie Cole, co-owner of the Exeter Corn Maze, prepares to shoot a pumpkin air cannon. The cannon can shoot pumpkins about 1,500 feet. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Maze opens 2014 season on Saturday

The Exeter Corn Maze opens Saturday afternoon, about four miles south of Exeter on Highway MM, where families and people of all ages can experience the excitement or terror.

Artie and Robyn Cole started the seven-acre maze in 2012.

"We went to area mazes, and they did not have much to offer," Artie Cole said. "We kind of built what we thought was fun, and at a reasonable price, too."

The Coles have their maze redesigned each year. Their contractor constructs the maze in about eight hours with a Bobcat, a brush hog and GPS.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the maze becomes a haunted maze, with about 15 people in the corn maze ready to scare customers. In 2002, the Coles and their friends decided to start a haunted barn.

"We started the haunted barn right after we got out of high school," Artie Cole said. "We were bored one night. Our rule on the barn is you change about 25 percent of it every year."

No one wants to come back to the same thing, he said. The haunted barn takes about 20 to 30 minutes to go through, and it ends with a slide. About 10 people are in the haunted barn ready to scare each customer.

Both the haunted barn and the haunted maze have air cannons and electric firecrackers. The air cannons shoot a burst of air to scare people. The locations also may have chainsaws in each location. Customers can also shoot paintballs at people dressed up as zombies.

The Exeter Corn Maze has different activities for children, such as the cow train, pumpkin jump, inflatables, indoor barn swings, a petting zoo and a mini zip-line.

They have a pumpkin air cannon that shoots pumpkins about 1,500 feet, corn cannons, a free hayride and a zip-line for adults and teenagers.

The Coles let customers pick out pumpkins, which average between 20 to 60 pounds, out of 10-acre pumpkin patch

for $3.50 each.

"We're real loyal to our customers," Artie Cole said. "If there is something that they want, we will try our hardest to make sure they get it, and they are happy."

The Exeter Corn Maze will have the first annual 5K pumpkin run at 5 p.m. Saturday. The second annual Exeter Corn Maze craft fair is at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27. Customers can view upcoming events and pictures at www.exetercornmaze.com or www.facebook.com/exetercornmaze.

The Exeter Corn Maze also has concessions, picnic tables and campfire areas.

Hours are 5--10 p.m. on Fridays, 1--10 p.m. on Saturdays and 1--6 p.m. on Sundays. Haunted hours are 7--10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Groups can request to use the Exeter Corn Maze by appointment from Tuesday to Thursday. The site is opened until Nov. 2.

The prices include a $15 barnyard armband for unlimited barnyard activities, a $20 haunted armband for unlimited haunted maze and haunted barn and 100 shots of zombie paintball, $7 for the corn maze and the haunted maze ($5 for 12 and under), $2 for each barnyard activity, $7 for the haunted barn ($5 for 12 and under), $10 for 100 shots of zombie paintball and $15 for 200 shots of paintball. Children who are 3-and-under get in free.

For more information, people may call the Exeter Corn Maze at 417-846-3959.

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