With August now halfway through and fall quickly approaching, local corn mazes are beginning their seasons.
The King Korn Maze located near Notre Dame De Lourdes has been in operation since 2018. The family-owned establishment is open every day from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Maze co-owner Taya outlines what you can expect in the maze.
“We have about four mazes with intertwining escape routes, so you never feel like you have to continue. If you’re in there for a long time, you can always get out safely. You have to go in with an open mind. We like to play tricks, and we love dead ends, so it’s a lot of fun for us to make the mazes and see people and their reactions when they come out.”
Since the maze is outside, masks are not mandatory, but if you don’t feel comfortable, you are encouraged to wear one, and there is hand sanitizer available. Co-owner of the maze Justin says they have a lot more activities for you to enjoy on-site as well.
“We have a slide that we just put up this year on our bale pyramids. We have mini-golf, we’ve got a lookout tower between our first two mazes, which is an old combine that we refurbished. We’ve (also) got a straw bale maze, and we have a bunch of stuff for the whole family.”
The Fort la Reine Museum is also bringing back its corn maze for the second year. Executive director Madison Connolly sheds light on when you can experience it.
“The corn maze is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Just like last year, admission is by monetary donations, so we have a donation box located by the entrance archway to the maze, and we empty it several times a day,” says Connolly. “Those contributions help us to maintain the corn maze because It does take a lot of maintenance.”
She adds the corn is in amazing condition except for a small patch at the beginning of the maze. Connolly says there are a few things you need to be mindful of when attending.
“We are not permitting dogs or pets inside the corn maze this year to keep those who do have allergies or fears of dogs more comfortable,” she says. “For those who want to visit the museum and the maze at the same time, that is possible, as long as the museum is also open at that time. So they are two separate entities.”