Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What Is A Corn Maze?

By Iva Cannon

There are lovely things that can be created outside using nature with just a little bit of skill and imagination. A corn maze is a great example of design and nature meeting to create beautiful designs when looking down from above, but also providing fun and entertainment from the ground. You are bound to have lots of fun making your way through a maze, and mazes like this have become huge attractions for tourists over the years.

The largest of these mazes is located in California in an area called Dixon. This particular maze was featured in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2010. However, in Ohio in an area just outside of Dayton, there is a location known as Adventure Acres which is home to a maze of just over sixty acres and almost nine miles of trails within it.

The planning of such mazes prior to execution is hard work. A farmer must not only think about the design of the maze itself, but also the elements that will make the design work to its fullest potential. The stalk's height and strength will play a major part in the final outcome, and as such, the right hybrid of corn must be selected. It is also important to cut the stalk properly on the inside where the walkways are to be made, to eliminate unwanted regrowth.

Stalk rotting is one of the most common diseases that can occur, which can drastically affect the outcome or desired result. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including poor fertilization and issues with moisture. There is a particular time of the year to plant for this type of project, as opposed to planting crops for grain.

You can decide what type of mazes you would like to visit based on the ages of those who are going with you. For a family trip or even a kids' birthday party, a daytime maze is perfect. These are generally under 10 feet high and take an hour or less to get through. This, of course, is dependent on the size of the maze. Add a little spice to the journey by leaving clues or puzzles to be solved along the way.

For teenagers who like to be a little spooked and experience some fun, the same activity applies but at night. Flashlights make finding one's way out even more fun and thrilling for this age group. Again, they could solve little puzzles along the way for some added competition.

Adults looking to try something a little different will enjoy the experience of a haunted maze. Not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for kids, this is something no one will ever forget. It makes for a great murder mystery party or a party associated with Halloween.

In England, they are called maize mazes and are generally found in the east of the country. Most times, farmers will include other attractions for day visitors to these sites. These may include petting zoos, pony rides, hay rides or picnic zones for the whole family to enjoy. It is a good way to make extra income for farmers in the region.

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