Sep 24, 2009

Corn maze offers a taste of history

The young and young-at-heart are invited to find their way out of the Fantozzi Farms Corn Maze during its grand opening celebration. In honor of Patterson’s 100th birthday, the first 100 visitors will be admitted free this weekend.

The corn maze, which this year features a Patterson Centennial theme, will be open until the end of October. The maze includes an image of the Center Building and the dates “1909-2009.”

MazePlay, a company that specializes in corn mazes, used a tractor with a global positioning system to get the maze just right — as it has since 2003, when the Fantozzi family first opened the maze.

“I sketched the design for this year’s maze on paper and then sent my sketch to MazePlay,” co-owner Denise Fantozzi said. “MazePlay took my idea and added the lines for the maze paths.

“The Patterson Centennial maze design was meant to incorporate some of the symbols of Patterson, such as the Center Building, the palm trees and the apricots.”

The corn mazes — a large one and a smaller one — cover about 12 acres and include more than 5 miles of paths for adventurers to tread.

A new addition this year is Maze Sudoku. The corn maze tickets are printed with a game grid on the back for customers who wish to play.

The game is similar to the mathematical version of Sudoku, but with shapes instead of numbers. Checkpoints throughout the maze will help customers fill in the grid, and small prizes will be awarded to those who solve the puzzle.

Besides the mazes, there’s a pumpkin patch, hay bale pyramid, hay bale labyrinth, corn seed box, petting zoo, educational displays and a new addition, weekend pig races.

Scary fun is also back this year with the haunted maze Friday and Saturday nights. Two Westley brothers, Jeremy Goubert, 14, and Jordan Goubert, 15, like to help provide spooks and chills in the haunted maze.

“We like it — it’s fun,” Jordan said. “Sometimes we help them out a little bit scaring on weekends. A lot of people go and scare (the customers).”

• Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187 or
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