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Corn Maze in Maize, Arkansas
Corn Maze in Maize, Arkansas
    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 maze.

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 marker.

"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.

 

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Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, (501) 682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com

May be used without permission. Credit line is appreciated:
"Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism"

 

 

 

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