MEREDITH — Moulton Farm's 14th annual corn maze opens on Saturday, September 13 with a theme that celebrates a bit of the farm's past. During its 131 year history the farm was a cattle farm and then a dairy farm before transitioning to growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. It is the farm's dairy past that was the inspiration for a major feature in this year's maze.
Maze designer Wes Thomas, who has worked at the farm since he was in high school, designed the farm's maze for the past seven years. "Wes wanted a farm theme for the design this year," says farm owner John Moulton. "When I shared with him that the maze is located where the cows used to graze when my father ran the farm as a dairy farm, he smiled. You could see an idea forming in his mind." Thomas incorporated barns, a silo and two cows into this year's design.
"You look at the design on paper and think 'that will be good', but the moment of truth comes when you get your first aerial view," explains Moulton. "These two enormous cows were looking out at us and the cow jokes and puns started flying among the farm staff." Moulton says with a laugh. "Currently 'You'll get lost until the cows come home' is the favorite phrase." The farm will be sharing some of the maze related humor on its Facebook page while the maze is open.
Thomas isn't sharing the secret to solving this year's challenging maze with anyone. He says he wants even his co-workers to enjoy getting lost in the maze created by corn that can be 12 to 15 feet tall. That height and complexity of this year's maze led him to also design and plant a maze for young children. "The design is simpler and the corn will be about two to three feet tall, so it's easy for parents or grandparents to watch the little ones as they scamper around the maze," says Thomas. "We'll even have picnic tables in the area, so that the adults can relax while keeping an eye on the children."
Admission to the corn maze is $6 per person with a special $4 rate for each child 6 and under. Included with admission is access to the farm's full size maze and the farm's maze designed for very young children, the maze trivia game, and a treat after completing the trivia game. The last admission is one hour before the farm closes. For more information visit moultonfarm.com/events/corn-maze/
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