My two youngest daughters went to an apple orchard today. When I lived in Michigan we always referred to these places as cider mills. That is just one of the many differences I have found between southeast Michigan and central Illinois. A fall activity that I was not aware of until I moved to Illinois (22 years ago) is that of the corn maze. They do have these in Michigan and all over the country. Many of them claim to be the largest in the world. Unlike crop circles, I found out exactly how corn mazes are made. According to richardsonadventurefarms.com:
The cornfield is planted in early May both north-south and east-west to form a dense stand. The original drawing is scanned into a computer. When the corn is 10 inches tall, the trails are tilled guided by a Global Positioning System. In July, most of the trails are tilled again to clean them up. Three tractors with rototillers are used to “cut” the trails into the cornfield.
Richardson Adventure Farms is located in Spring Grove, Illinois. This year’s maze is a tribute to The Beatles.
At All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, IL they have a Peanuts maze for 2014.
On drivethenation.com an Australian themed corn maze in Dundee, Michigan is featured for 2014.
These mazes are generally family friendly during the day and a bit spookier at night. (Don’t forget your flashlight.) Find a corn maze in your neck of the woods (or fields) for some fall fun.