Corn Maze! –
Back in 1999 I planted 10 acres corn and figured how hard can it be to make a maze. That's the same way people think about haunted houses that think we work one month a year and make millions. That year I tried to do it on the cheap and I wasted my time.
2013 was our 13th year in a row with our Maize Adventure corn maze and 29th haunted attraction with Spookywoods. You can approach this idea in two ways, do it on the cheap or wow your guest with a top notch experience. Either way you choose you still have to grow the corn. Im going to to assume you have the proper zoning and permits, parking, restroom facilities, concessions, professional web site, office staff to answer the phones, irrigation system, liability and workers compensation insurance, marketing PR firm, and advertising budget. I only go for wowing our guests, so I hire a professional design firm to design a maze that looks amazing from the aerial photo and is well thought out to provide a fun experience using a smart phone app to play an engaging game. Not all designers are offering the same services, so do your homework!
First thing before you spend a dime is get your soil samples tested to see what the condition of your land is. Contact your local seed store or farmer for advice on that. However, your not planting corn for the same reasons everyone else does. You would be amazed at the various types of seed are available. You want a drought resistant, broad leaf, strong stalk, BT (bug resistant) seed. I tested various seed types over 5 years before I found the best one for my conditions in NC.
Once you have the seed picked out and your land prepped with what the soil test reports suggest, you have to decide when to plant. For me that is the first week of July since we open Labor Day weekend and use part of the field in Spookywoods. Once the first frost hits the corn is going to turn brown and die quickly, for us that can be mid to late October.
My advice is visit us in September and get a first hand look at what works! Our annual attendance is now over 100,000 across our four outdoor businesses. Haunt, corn maze, Zipline tour and laser tag. We are in a market with only 1.3 million people.
Last edited by twohlgemuth; 11-30-2013 at 06:52 PM.