Looking for a great way to spend time with family and friends this Fall? Get lost in the corn! Corn mazes are "cropping" up all over the country, and chances are there is one near you.
Corn mazes typically offer themed clues to help you navigate the course. They often have other activities such as hayrides, pumpkin patches, and games as well. Some corn mazes even sponsor 5K races and moonlight challenges.
Here's one of the best corn mazes and fall festivals we've come across!
Sever's Corn Maze and Fall Festival
Tell us about Sever's Corn Maze
Sever's Corn Maze & Fall Festival began in 1997 when Sever and Sharon Peterson had an English exchange student from the University of Minnesota working on their farm. He spoke of the hedge mazes in England and Sever and Sharon thought to themselves, "Why not do it out of corn?!" Our festival has grown since 1997 with new attractions being added every year. We are now in our 17th year and have had themes such as the World, Sever's Safari, Pirate Adventure, the Sphinx and Pyramids, the White House, among many others. This year our theme celebrates Minnesota. Tens of thousands of people have come and enjoyed Sever's Corn Maze since 1997. It is a family-owned business. Sever and Sharon still very involved, but are beginning the transition to the fourth generation!
How can a corn maze help people stay active and fit?
Sever's Corn Maze & Fall Festival is an outdoor event for all ages. You can do everything from the corn maze challenge to rope swinging into our all new extreme corn pit to jumping on our jumping pillows. It is definitely an activity, but you can always take a break and enjoy an ear of roasted corn!
How far does the average person walk to get through the maze?
This really depends, but if a person does our corn maze challenge, which takes them through the entire maze and has them finding 26 signs labeled A to Z, it probably is 2-3 miles of walking.
What is the fastest anyone has made it through?
Good question! The average person takes about 45 minutes to do the maze challenge, but some have completed it in 20 minutes.
How does Sever's make their corn mazes?
We start by sitting around as a family at the kitchen table in the winter and brainstorming design ideas. Once we decide our theme, we put it on graph paper and then transpose that piece of graph paper onto the corn field. We plant the field horizontally and vertically to mirror the graph paper and then hoe out the paths by hand. After it's cut, we lay 25 miles of irrigation line through the entire field to ensure the corn grows nice and tall. We also fly over in mid-summer to make sure that is looking just the way we designed it!
When is corn maze season?
We are traditionally open from mid-September through the end of October.
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