Get lost in a maze daze this fall

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Exeter Corn Maze opens for season

Fall is around the corner, and soon, pumpkins will be on every porch, hoodies will come out of the closet and the Exeter Corn Maze will be opened for the season.

Robyn Cole, owner of the Exeter Corn Maze, said the maze will be opened on Sept. 7 and the season will last until Nov. 3.

“It is going to be haunted from the opening day,” she said. “We have the pumpkin patch, corn maze and the go-karts, which were new last year and a huge hit.”

Cole said this year, there will be a sunflower field and giant slide, the haunted barn has been completely remodeled with a totally different barn, and there is a separate maze this year that is haunted.

“So, there is the corn maze and then the haunted maze as well,” she said. “We have the duck races and a new concession stand we are calling the Maze Patch Cafe.”

Cole said there has always been concession stand open, but this year, there are more eating areas set up for people, and there will be a bigger menu.

“We also decided to put in a giant hay maze fort for the younger children,” she said. “We put in an actual locomotive train in on top of the cow train we usually do.”

Cole said they tried to add more things for the really young children to enjoy this year.

“The new giant slide is really cool,” she said. “It comes off the top of a barn, so it is pretty big,” she said. “We have it set up so that the children slide on a potato bag.”

Cole said the maze design this year is set, and they are just waiting to have it cut.

“It is going to have the four states in it and say ‘Home Sweet Home,’” she said. “It will have Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.”

Cole said the inspiration for the maze design this year was her wanting to do something they haven’t done before and make it feel homey.

“The prices are staying consistent, and the only change is the go-karts will be $3 per ride,” she said. “The Exeter Corn Maze is getting bigger every year, so we are trying to build on that and make sure we have plenty of room for people.”

Cole said last year with the drought, there were not a lot of pumpkins, but this year, there has been a ton of rain.

“We keep expanding to keep up with the crowd,” she said. “We are already planning another expansion for next year.”

Cole said this is the eighth year for the corn maze, but the haunted barn has been running for about 21 years now.

“The actual corn maze is nine acres,” she said. “This year, we have actually arranged for a helicopter rides on some weekends.”

Cole said there will be a lot of new events this year.

For more information about the Exeter Corn Maze, or about dates for events, people can follow Facebook page, Exeter Corn Maze, or the website, www.exetercornmaze.com.

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