Largest Corn Maze on East Coast Opens in Orange County

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ORANGE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- There is something quite curious going on at Liberty Mills Farm.

The 25-acre corn maze, the largest on the East Coast, has been transformed into a wonderland. Alice's Wonderland to be exact.

"We took a look at some of the original artwork from the book, we sketched out the maze onto a piece of paper, the concept and what feature we like where," said Kent Woods, Liberty Mills Farm Co-owner.

Woods, and his wife Evie, began planting corn in June after coming up with the theme, honoring the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's book.

Once the stalks grow six to 12 inches tall, they are cut. This year's maze is complete with a Cheshire Cat, Hatter and the King and Queen of Hearts.

Woods says don't be afraid of losing your way, like Alice.

"Some people are very skeptical when they are going into the maze for the first time," he said. "They are asking 'what do I do if we get lost, what do we do if we get lost?' I always respond jokingly that I have never come back in the morning and found people wondering through."

Woods says it's not speed or memory that will help maze-goers find the exit, but knowledge of the Alice in Wonderland book to help ace the trivia portion of the labyrinth.

"It's fun to come up with the trivia question to challenge people to think and use their logic," said Woods. "We have found that our children this year are the ones that are getting the answers, not the adults."

For those looking for their own adventure in Wonderland, Woods suggest signing up for the "A-Mazing 5K Race" through the maze.

"Last year's race, there were over 222 turns of 90 degrees. So you're never going to set a personal time on the 5k in our maze, but you're going to have a lot of fun," said Woods. "The little kids are excited and come running out 'I thought we'd never make it out of here.'"

The "A-Mazing 5K Race is Oct. 3. Places are still available.

Hay wagon rides begin on Sept. 26 for Fall Fest.



 
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