By: Koral Star Wilner
“Real obstacles don’t take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze,” says Barbara Sher. Dating back 4,000 years to the time of Greek myths, corn mazes have served as a fun and entertaining game. The first “modern” corn maze, “The Amazing Maize Maze”, was a collaboration between Don Frants and Adrian Fisher which was the world’s largest maze and helped spark a world wide fascination of corn mazes.
North Carolina’s first and longest running corn maze is “Korny Corn Maze”, located in Garner NC. Eleventh grader Candice Holmqist says, “Corn mazes are really cool, and it’s fun trying to find your way out.” Candice likes going and getting lost with her friends, but are corn maze’s kid friendly? “They are not something for small kids…” says English teacher Gayle Alford, “…unless they are modified and intended for children.” So if you’re going with small kids make sure it’s age appropriate.
What is the point of a corn maze? What do you do? Candice Holmqist says, “A corn maze is not just [a place to get lost in], you have to go through and find stations, stamp your card, and then get to the next station.” Gayle Alford said, “[Depending on the amount of stamps collected] there is a prize, but we gave that up for survival.”
When asked how much work she believes goes into making a corn maze Gayle Alford said, “I believe there is a lot of work that goes into those things. Farmers have to grow the corn (a bad crop means no maze) then someone has to design and cut out the course or plant the corn with the course in mind. The maze I go to finishes up by harvesting the corn and selling it for feed.”