2014 TREINEN FARM THE OWL OF ATHENA CORN MAZE
What is a corn maze?
(This is not just a deeply philosphical question--you might actually not know.) First, think about being in a five-foot-wide passageway, with walls made of ten-foot-high rustling corn. Miles of hard-packed dirt paths twist and turn ahead of you, each virtually identical to the next. It's up to you, with your trusty map, to navigate your way through this mind-boggling living puzzle.
But, wait--your map is mostly blank. WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW?
How to solve the maze:
Initial Challenge: Your mission: Find each of the seven mailboxes in the maze and complete your map puzzle to find your way out. Requires map reading, teamwork, and persistence. Time required: approximately 45 minutes to one hour (could be more if you are navigationally-challenged...)
Secret Locations: Once you have a complete map of the maze, try to find the ten secret locations (hole punches) in the maze—they are not shown on the map, and finding them requires strategy and stamina. Only about 2% of maze visitors can find all ten—are you up to the challenge? Prizes for four or more secret locations found!! Time required: 1 - 2+ hours in addition to the intial challenge. (One guy is still out there from August--if you see him, tell him we'll give him all prizes if he'll just please give up...)
Alternate ways to enjoy the maze: Got younger children or adults who aren't up to the challenge? Take a complete map and wander around at your leisure. Bail out when you get tired of looking at corn or when the whining starts...
Don't worry, we find all visitors by mid-November when we harvest the maze!
Hints and Tips:
The cornfield is flat and the trails are hard packed dirt. The walking surfaces can be slightly uneven and can get slippery after a rain.
Take water into the maze with you, especially on hot days. Use the bathroom before you go - there are no "facilities" in the maze.
Try the observation tower before or after your maze adventure—it's fun to see the groups with colorful flags try to navigate the maze.
Groups of three to six people work well in the maze - that way, everyone can have a chance to participate. If you have a larger group, consider splitting into smaller groups and see who can find their way out first.
Time your group through the maze—let us know your time and we'll tell you how you rank.
Each group gets a super secret complete map stapled shut and not to be opened except in case or dire emergency. Turn in your unopened complete map for a piece of candy at our exit station.
All terrain strollers work well in the maze. Bring your own or we have a few for visitors to use. You can bring a wagon to pull younger children in if you like.