One of Graves County’s longtime autumn staples is returning once again, and this year its creators wanted to do something in remembrance of an American tragedy.
A-Maize-ing Farms has grown three corn mazes this year to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Co-founder Sam Brown felt attendees would “really appreciate it.”
“We just wanted to kinda honor, you know, our country, first responders,” he said. “This is a major anniversary of 9/11 so we just kinda wanted to do our part.”
The maze, typically broken into three parts, depicts the Statue of Liberty, the twin WTC towers among clouds, two people praying and “20 YRS 9-11.” First Kentucky Bank, Youngblood’s RV and Patriot AG also have designs on the field.
Brown stated that the mazes have only grown more elaborate over the event’s 13-year history, and this year is no exception. When it opens on Sept. 18, the public will be able to navigate across 20 acres worth of twirling and twisting paths through tall corn stalks.
Brown said admission is $12 a person, but they are also offering a “season pass” for $20 which would cover attendees while it’s open this year.
Brown, along with co-founder Coye Elliott and both their wives, start planning the mazes at the beginning of each year. When the corn gets about halfway grown, they cut out their planned design, which usually takes 48 accumulative hours.
“In all honesty, we spare no expense in making it,” he said. “We want our maze to be the best in the country so we just spare no expense.”
A-Maize-ing Farms is also the largest corn maze in Kentucky, with many coming from as far out as Florida, he added. Approximately 20,000 people go through the mazes every year. However, it’s more than just a corn maze as there are a slew of other attractions, too.
According to funcornmaze.com, there will also be hay rides, giant inflatables, pumpkins, mums, fall decorations and photo props. A petting zoo will also be open on Saturdays. A corn cannon is also listed but it is noted that the price of admission does not cover it.
The farm will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays from Sept. 18 to Sept. 30. For the duration of October, it will also be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.