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much later in the season than typical. “That’s so we get a nice, tall green stalk that you can’t see through, like a wall,” Chris related.

The design for the maze is mapped out with flags very early in the corn-growing process, when the crop is at a high grass level. Then, using a weed whacker, Chris and other family members chop out the maze path easily.

The cut areas do not grow back, but the uncut corn grows tall and thick. When the corn reaches six feet in height, the Maylath’s take an aerial photo of their masterpiece, advertising it for the group of eager visitors who are ready to make their way through the maze for fall fun.

Every Maylath has a part in preparing for the fall season, from simple tasks to more difficult ones. “Everybody plays a role, from painting signs to setting up, right down to my mother. She works in the bakery,” Chris said.

He noted that the family created a special corn maze in his father’s honor, the year he passed away in 2013. Other years designs have included the state of Pennsylvania, a farm setting with the “No Farms, No Food” message, and last year’s “Thank you Vets.”

While the Maylath farm attraction began with a simple corn maze and the selling of pumpkins, apples, and baked goods, it now has an endless array of family-friendly activities, many of which are free.

Children can take hay rides, as well as ride on ponies and go-karts, jump in a bounce house, climb up a wall of tires or hay bales that lead to a slide, send pumpkins sailing high into the air via slingshot, and visit the new petting zoo.

Chris said his four children, along with his nieces and nephews, are on the farm every night, playing on the attractions and making childhood memories. He added that many friends and family members are invested in the farm’s success, contributing much hard work. Chris, a teacher at Rice Elementary, even has many retired Crestwood teachers now working on his 400-acre farm, helping to make it a success.

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