Exeter corn maze brings fall-filled-fun, frights

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The design for the 2020 corn maze in Exeter is a young girl blowing a wish on a flower and spreading love to the world. Photo by Chuck Nickle

New attractions, bigger spaces coming for 2020 season

For 20 years, the Coles in Exeter have been offering their community fun, frights and fantastic times, which started as a haunted barn and has turned into an area fall destination.

Artie Cole and his wife, Robyn Cole, owners of the Exeter Corn Maze and Haunted Attractions, said they came up with the idea for this year’s maze around December of last year.

“It was before COVID-19, so we thought about changing it,” Artie said. “It is so important, especially in these hard times.”

The maze theme for 2020 is “Spread Love.”

“This design was the one I kept coming back to and looking back now — I understand exactly why,” Robyn said. “This world needs a lot more love, and hopefully, we are able to do just a small part of spreading it around.”

This year, Artie said they have seen the biggest expansion yet.

“We made the barnyard play area two times bigger,” he said. “There is a new ticket entrance, a new adventure barn with rock climbing and axe throwing. Also, we have a second concession stand with treats from the Sugar Shack and Barnwood BBQ.”

Artie Cole said one of the best additions is the pumpkin eating dragon and pig races, which will put on a show three times a day.

“We also built a second haunted barn called ‘The Bunker,’” he said. “It is an abandoned military outpost.”

As far as COVID-19 restrictions go, masks will not be required, but they will be available upon request.

“We have increased hand sanitizing and hand-washing stations, and with the added space, it will be easier to social distance,” he said. “

Staff will be cleaning high traffic areas frequently.

“What we have here is such a unique experience,” Cole said. “We are different from most other fall attractions because we have so much to offer in one spot.”

The Exeter Corn Maze and its staff are focused on making sure every age has something fun to do.

“We are focused on family,” he said. “This year, our pumpkins are the best crop we have had yet.”

Additionally, the sunflower fields are expected to be in full bloom from September to October.

“We want to encourage people to get out and social distance on the farm,” he said. “Have some fun the best way, out side on the farm.”

The Coles are already making plans to improve the attractions for next year.

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