Finding your way through a corn maze is an experience you'll only get in the fall. One the regions trickiest mazes is about to open at Stoughton Farms this weekend. Our Melissa Kakareka got a sneak peek of the maze and tells us why it’s a benefit to both the community and the farm owners.
NEWARK VALLEY, N.Y. -- Flying above Stoughton Farms, the legend of Sleepy Hollow comes to life as the headless horseman chases Ichabod Crane to the covered bridge. It's the design of the farm's eight annual corn maze.
"We had an old headless horseman statue that we had years ago and we decided to get that back down and do a maze and a theme," said Stoughton Farms employee Jennifer Davis.
The maze is one of the largest and most popular in the region, drawing thousands of people to its twists, turns and confusing paths every year. Just like in previous years, the maze's creators say this year's design is a challenge.
"It's pretty hard. It takes about an hour. We have what we call Corn Cops in there in case someone is too lost they can help them," said farm owner Tim Stoughton.
It's an example of "agritainment," repurposing a farm with activities for public entertainment. In addition to the maze, the farm also offers activities such as hay rides and a pumpkin blaster. Stoughton says it’s a trend that many farmers participate in during the fall.
"It's a trend because it’s harder and harder to make a living, with health care and all this stuff, so anything you can do to make a better living is something you should try," said Stoughton.
Which means as more and more people make their way through this maze, it also helps business in the fall.
"It's become a pretty big part of our business. We have 12 greenhouses and we grow lots of bedding plants in the spring and produce in the summer, but its helped our fall turn into something bigger, helps us be a little more diversified," said Stoughton.
And it provides a good time for adults and kids as they try to find their way out.
The corn maze opens to the public this Saturday, September 22nd and runs until November 4th.