September 25, 2008

Cornfield is amazeing




Cornfield is a‘maze’ing


Drive by Scheresky Ag service, north of Max, and you may notice a field of corn. At first glance it looks like any other cornfield.

But it’s not!

The field contains a maze that has been carved into its interior. Over the past several weeks, the 17 members of the Rocky Acres 4-H Club have spent dozens of hours working together to create a network of paths that zigzag across a 500 by 500 foot area.

This weekend, the club members will showcase their work by opening the corn maze to the public. The fundraiser, now in its third year, has become the main source of revenue for the group

This weekend, the corn maze will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday from noon to dark. It will be offered two additional Sundays, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12. According to Daryl Lies, club leader, a special "haunted maze" is also planned. He said a date for the hunted maze has not been set.

Children who visit the maze can take part in other club-sponsored activities at no charge. They include riding on the "cow train" or trying their skills at archery or shooting a pellet gun at the 4-H Shooting Sports Trailer. Children will also be treated to a mini gourd or a mini pumpkin, courtesy of the 4-H club.

Midwest Dairy Association, Dist. 1, is providing complimentary cartons of milk that will be served midway through the maze. Those who attend are invited to purchase a hot dog, chips and beverage at a nominal cost.

According to Lies, the club members will be offering a large selection of pumpkins, squash and gourds that they raised. Individuals who purchase those items this weekend will, in turn, help others. For every two pumpkins, gourds or squash that are sold, the club will donate another to Our Lady of Grace food pantry in Minot.

Even though the club’s members have already worked hard to create the corn maze and are committed to its operation, Lies said others have played an important role in the fundraiser. He said Dan Lies, Douglas, provided space for the club’s "pumpkin patch" and provided assistance during the summer growing season.

Included in the bounty is a giant pumpkin that will be displayed during the fundraiser. Visitors are invited to stop by with their cameras to take photos with the nearly 300-pound pumpkin.

Lies also expressed deep appreciation for Galen and Bonnie Scheresky for providing the club with a cornfield. Lies noted that the area had been "double-planted" to provide a dense field in which to create the maze. He said the fundraiser would not be feasible without the support of the Schereskys.

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