How the Corn Maze is Made

The famous Corn Maze opens September 14th. KLBK's Alison Morris headed out to At'l Do Farms for a preview, and to see how they make the maze.
"Make sure we do it right and we're ready to go."

Owner of At'll Do Farms, James Simpson, said that a big misconception is that they wait until the corn gets tall and then mow out the paths.

"What we do is cut out the design when the corn is 3 or 4 inches tall," said Simpson.

That design is mapped out on graph paper, and matches the dimensions of the corn field.

"These intersections, we'll have a flag that'll have a letter and a number," James said. "And from that, what we'll do is just count rows going one direction or both directions until we see where a path starts and where it ends. Then we walk along just using a back pack sprayer and it'll just spray out about a 40 inch swath and we kill the corn."

This year, they decided to celebrate an aniversary with their design.

"This year, that was how we came up with the Wizard of Oz," said Simpson. "It was their 75th anniversary for that and Judy Garland and the whole deal. So it just seemed like it fit."

The Maze is not all they offer.

"Cow train, rock climbing wall and it's got the extreme air with it," Simpson said. "And we do hay rides out to the pumpkin patch during the daylight hours when people can go pick a pumpkin."

The Simpsons have also fully renovated their hay barn into a beautiful new wedding and events venue.

"Well, you know, it's all Fall oriented. Just wanting people to come out and slow down and get out on the farm."

At'l Do Farms is located at 6323 FM 1294.

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