Hocus Pocus magic coming to corn maze

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Exeter attraction again expands, ready to open in September

Between pumpkin carving and sipping apple cider, people find warmth in the fall at the Exeter Corn Maze.

For more than two decades, the Coles have been offering fun-filled-frights to locals and out-of-towners alike, first with the haunted barn, which was followed with expansion after expansion to the fall attraction people can visit now.

Robyn Cole, owner of the Exeter Con Maze, said opening day will be on Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

“We have added a pumpkin tea cup ride, another Pumpkin Jump, Corn Pit, a bigger Petting Zoo and another Go kart track just for the little kids,” she said. “We added this to help spread the crowd even more and give the smaller kids more to do.”

Cole said the theme this year is Hocus Pocus.

“Disney announced they will be making a sequel to the first one, and it's always been one of my favorite Halloween movies,” she said. “I had to convince Artie [Cole], and it took awhile, but he finally gave in.”

The Coles enjoy many parts of owning and operating the Exeter Corn Maze, but the people are what make the experience most memorable.

“We are excited and honored to be able to have such a unique and  fun attraction and love seeing our repeat customers,” Robyn Cole said. “The most favorite is how our employees become like family each year and how much fun we all have together while working.”

While people come from all over to visit the Exeter Corn Maze, Cole said they couldn't do it without help from the locals.

“We expect hundreds of people daily and the number will go up in October,” she said. “[We love] working with people who have become part of our family, we hope they have lots of fun and make memories.”

Cole said prices have changed due to cost increases across the board.

“Also, we have added more activities for everyone to enjoy,” she said. “Our general admission is $12.95. 

“We offer a general admission with the corn maze for $16.95, general admission with haunted attractions for $21.95 for children 12 and younger and $24.95 for adults.

The Exeter Corn Maze hosts a number of extra activities throughout the season, including a craft fair, car show, 3K run for local FFA groups, helicopter rides, monster truck rides, a lumberjack show, youth harvest for church groups and much more. 

“We hold these events to give something extra for our customers where they can do it all in one place,” Cole said. “We decided to open it after visiting another maze and realizing there was not one place for fall where you could do it all.”

The Exeter Corn Maze and all of its events all started when Robyn and Artie were dating and started the Haunted Barn.

“It just all worked out and fit together easy, so we kept pushing ourselves and working hard to accomplish our next goals we set for the following year,” she said. “Just like every other season, we have already started working on what we will bring for the 2022 season. “We always think of what we can do next.”

Cole said 70 percent of Exeter Corn Maze visitors are from another state or town at least an hour away.

“We have a very big surprise coming next year and plan on expanding even more now that we have the All New Hillside Apple Orchard, which will be open to customers fall of 2022,” she said.

People can follow the Exeter Corn Maze Facebook page for updates and scheduled events at https://www.facebook.com/exetercornmaze.

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