Kids, parents get lost together in Corinna farm’s corn maze

Robert Dostie, 9, of Fort Fairfield darts through Thunder Road Farm's 8-acre corn maze in Corinna on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, which opened this weekend and runs through Oct. 30. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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Robert Dostie, 9, of Fort Fairfield darts through Thunder Road Farm's 8-acre corn maze in Corinna on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, which opened this weekend and runs through Oct. 30. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
Posted Sept. 19, 2010, at 7:23 p.m.
A recent aerial photo of the Thunder Road Farm Corn Maze. This year's theme: Nokomis High School Warriors.  photo: courtesy of Thunder Road Farm.
photo: courtesy of Thunder Road
A recent aerial photo of the Thunder Road Farm Corn Maze. This year's theme: Nokomis High School Warriors. photo: courtesy of Thunder Road Farm.

CORINNA, Maine — Cindy Abbott and her teenage son and daughter Saturday afternoon only got lost “a few times” in the 7-acre corn maze on Charlie and Barbara Peavey’s Route 7 farm.

The maze opened Saturday and will remain open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through Saturday, Oct. 30. Reservations for group visits are available during the week.

“It was fun,” Tim Abbott, 14, of Jackson said as he loaded a pumpkin into the trunk of the family car. “The map helps, just don’t listen to your mom.”

“He knew how to read the map,” his mother said, “I answered the questions.”

That is how visitors to the Thunder Road Farm 2010 Corn Maze negotiate their way through the maze — either by looking at an aerial view of the design and figuring which turn to take or by answering a series of questions based on a particular subject such as Scouting or Halloween. A correct answer sends people down the correct path, a wrong one sends them to a dead end, Courtney Abbott, 19, of Jackson explained.

Although the family had heard about the maze, it was the first year their schedules had allowed them to come as a family, Cindy Abbot said Saturday.

“We would recommend it to friends,” she said.

That kind of word of mouth recommendation is what has made the Corinna maze, now in its seventh year, a successful venture, Charlie Peavey, 57, said.

“This was my wife, Barbara’s, idea,” he said. “I told her nobody would pay to wander around in a field of corn. I guess I was wrong.”

The maze, along with the hayrides, tricycle races and other offerings, are part of what is called agritainment, a growing industry that allows farmers to diversify, according to Charlie Peavey.

“This has kept us in business, truthfully,” he said Saturday.

He is the second-generation family member to run the 60-acre vegetable farm in the past 35 years.

If past years are any indication, Charlie Peavey said, between 600 and 700 people will visit the farm each weekend the maze is open. The biggest crowds are expected on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 9 and 10, he said.

This year’s maze is dedicated to the Nokomis Warriors. The team mascot is at the center of the field with a basketball and net, baseball and bat, football and field hockey sticks surrounding it. It was designed by Brett Herbst of Lakeshore, Utah. This year, Herbst designed more than 225 mazes in the U.S., Canada and Europe, according to information on his website, www.themaize.com.

“We wanted to honor all the kids in our school district and honor all the sports teams,” Charlie Peavey said.

In 2005, a 5-acre maze honored the Red Sox 2004 World Series win.

“That was what really put us on the map,” he said.

The fun families have getting lost is what keeps them coming year after year.

For information, call 278-2676.

On the Web: www.thunderroadfarm.com

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