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Indiana Corn Mazes
Indiana is the fifth largest corn producing state in the U.S., trailing only Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota. With corn prices down, many farmers are looking for alternative sources of income. Some have turned to agritourism, a word that didn't even exist a few years ago. Agritourism can take a number of forms, One popular form is corn mazes. This article will highlight a few mazes in various sections of the state. As these have increased in popularity, most operators now include a variety of other activities in addition to the corn maze.
Kelsay Farms is located just south of Indianapolis in Whiteland, Indiana. It is a family farm that is now being run by its sixth generation. Jenna Kelsay, part of the seventh generation, stars in a short Disney video that does a nice job of explaining the farm's operation. Kelsay Farms traces its history back to a land grant from President Van Buren in 1837. Although primarily a dairy, it has a variety of other operations as well,
This year Kelsay Farms and its corn maze are open from September 26 to October 26. In addition to their seven acre corn maze, they have a variety of other activities, including:
- Pumpkin bowling
- Baby barnyard
- Cornhole games
- Bale mountain
- Tours of the dairy farm
As you might expect at a dairy, available food and drink includes milk, milkshakes, grilled cheese sandwiches and cheeseburgers.
Jenna Kelsay in an Episode of Disney's Citizen Kid
Deere Farms is located in southern Indiana just twelve miles west of Louisville, Kentucky. This fifth generation farm features multiple mazes so you can pick the right length and difficulty level for you. Their season will run from September 21 through November 3. You might want to check out Deere Farms' collection of 25 antique tractors and other farming implements. Some of these date back to the 1920s. For the kids they have a play area called Giant Tire Mountain. It consists of eighty large tractor tires and a lot of sand. it seems they try to add a new attraction each year. For 2014 it will be a bungee trampoline. I like the corn cannon that they added in 2011. For a dollar you get three shots at targets 75 or 150 feet away.
County Line Orchard
County Line Orchard is located in Hobart on the county line between Lake and Porter counties in northwestern Indiana. Sports fans in this area tend to follow Chicago teams, and it shows in their corn mazes. The 2012 maze honored long time Chicago Cubs third baseman and radio announcer Ron Santo. The 2013 maze saluted the Chicago Blackhawks and their Stanley Cup victory. For their 2014 maze they honor Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs and Frank Thomas (The Big Hurt) of the Chicago White Sox.
Since this an orchard, you will find lots of apples (they sell twenty different varieties) and apple products like cider, apple butter, and carmel apples. Since honeybees are needed for pollination, they also have honey for sale. There is an observation hive where you can watch bees in action.
Wendell Farms is primarily a grain farm that produces wheat, corn, soybeans, hay, pumpkins and mums. It is located north of Cincinnati and straddles the Indiana-Ohio state line. Their corn maze covers six and a half acres. There is a shortcut route for those who don't want to walk through the entire maze. You can also go through the maze at night, but be sure to bring your own flashlight.
Wendell Farms is featured prominently in this year's Great Pumpkin Roll Ride by the Cincinnati Cycle Club on October 4. The ten mile family ride is a ten mile loop that starts at the farm, while the longer rides start in Harrison, Ohio and ride to Wendell Farms.
Amazing Fall Fun
If you are looking for a corn maze in northeastern Indiana, Amazing Fall Fun near Waterloo, Indiana has a twelve acre maze. They must be big football fans, since their 2013 maze featured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and the 2014 maze had Colts punter Pat McAfee. Their 2015 design commemorated the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo fiftieth anniversary. In addition to their corn maze, they also have a pumpkin patch with 21 different pumpkin varieties ranging in size from one to fifty pound.