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Corn Maze in Maize, Arkansas
Corn Maze in Maize, Arkansas
September 17, 2003
Arkansas Farmers Create 7-Acre Maze in Maize
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
NEWPORT, Ark. -- Ever wonder if you'd fare any better than a lab mouse in a
maze? From Sept. 22-Nov. 2, Mallard Country Corn Maze will give you an
opportunity to find out.
The business' owners, Jim Burton and his son, Jeff Burton, have created a
seven-acre corn maze in the shape of a Jack O' Lantern. "It's quite
challenging," Jeff said. "Last year, we had to help a few people find their
way out. Sometimes they just give up. As I'm out there working on the maze,
I even get turned around from time to time."
This year will mark the second maze for the Burtons. In 2002 they created
one in the shape of mallard duck, which drew some 6,000 visitors to the
Jeff said the maze is popular among church and school groups because of the
educational games they've incorporated. According to Jeff, markers are
placed throughout the maze that feature questions on several different
subjects. Directions through the maze depend on the answers provided at each
"If you answer wrong, you'll proceed in the wrong direction." he said,
adding that participants are given "passports" to accompany the game.
The Mallard Country Corn Maze is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday through
Sunday. It is open to groups, by reservation only, Monday through Thursday.
Admission is $6 for those 12 and up, $4 for those aged 6-11, and free for
those under 6. Jeff said they will also offer hay rides, a "cow train" ride
for children as well as a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
In the two weeks preceding Oct. 31, Jeff said the maze will have a Halloween
theme. "It will be like a haunted house, but in the maze."
Mallard Country Corn Maze is located just east of U.S. 67 at exit 80, two
miles south of Newport. For reservations or more information, contact the
Burtons by phone at (870) 523-3695.
A Maze in the Making
Jeff said he and his father develop the concept for each maze, and then
submit their idea to a Utah Company, THE MAiZE, which designs the actual
maze. The company has also designed mazes this season at approximately 140
locations in the United States, Canada and Europe, many of which can be
viewed at www.cornfieldmaze.com.
To prepare the field for the maze, corn must be planted in a north-south and
east-west pattern -- as opposed to in rows. "Then it's a matter of
measurements," Jeff said. "Twenty feet from this point -- 10 from this
point. The design pretty much consists of right angles, although there are a
few 45-degree angles and some curves."
Jeff said that in most cases, corn maze makers use paint to mark the pattern
when the plants are about one foot high and mow or spray it then. This year,
though, the Burtons were unable to begin marking and cutting the corn until
it reached a height of 10 feet, which caused some extra work and many more
instances of lost direction, Jeff said.
Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 682-7606
May be used without permission. Credit line is appreciated:
"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism"
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