MEREDITH — While some people have a phobia about Friday the 13th, Moulton Farm in Meredith is celebrating it. "It's our 13th year of doing the corn maze," says John Moulton, owner of the Meredith farm. "We looked at the calendar and decided that Friday the 13th would be a fitting day for it to open for the season."
Moulton says that despite the age of smart phones and GPS, "People still enjoy getting lost in a corn maze." With a grin he says that this year's "design soars above prior years thanks to Wes Thomas' creative mind." For his sixth year designing the maze, Thomas chose to include a biplane in the design.
The plane image is a bit of an inside joke at the farm. "It's not until we get the flyover photo that Wes finds out if the maze has come out as he intended," Moulton explains. "Most years he's right on, but there have been one or two years that had some surprises."
Work on creating the maze begins months before the opening with the careful preparation and planting of the cor,n since each plant represents a point on a piece of graph paper.
Thomas, who has been working at the farm since 1999 when he was in high school, spends nearly 2 days creating the maze on paper and hoping for the weather to cooperate for the cutting day. "You have to cut it at just the right time. The weather challenged us, but again we got the window for cutting when we need it," says Moulton.
When the corn is less than a foot high, Thomas and coworkers head into the four acre field with a large weed whacker, and start counting, cutting and hoping their luck holds with no "oops moments" to ruin the design. It usually takes two or three people about two days to cut the maze. Once the maze is cut, there is still work to do. As the corn grows to 12 to 15 feet high, tractors are used to prepare the paths within the maze for walking.
Admission to the corn maze is $6 per person with a special $4 rate for each child 6 and under. The last admission is one hour before the farm closes to allow explorers to enjoy getting lost and playing the trivia game that is part of the maze. For more information visit moultonfarm.com/corn-maze.
Fall fun is here with the opening of Moulton Farm's 13th annual corn maze. The official opening of the maze is on Friday the 13th. (Courtesy photo)