- Where: 2304 E. Main St., Danville, Ind.
- When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 28 through Oct. 28.
- Cost: $8 for ages 12 and up, $6 for ages 6 – 11, children 5 and under, Free when accompanied by an adult. Maze adventures can be scheduled for groups of 15 or more at a discounted rate. Call for details.
- Information: 317-745-4876; website.
Annual Corn Maze at Beasley's Orchard open weekends Sept. 28-Oct. 28
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:00 PM by Elaine Whitesides
Fall in Hendricks County always includes a couple of trips out to Beasley’s Orchard. Yes, I do go early to buy apples so I can make applesauce and apple butter (or buy it there!) but I also make a point to go out (at least once) through what I lovingly call “the Corn Maze Month!” It's about time you've experienced a corn maze, isn't it? This year the Fall Festival at the orchard is every weekend from Sept. 28 through Oct. 28. Fall is the time for apples and pumpkins and cornstalks – and the corn maze. In fact, this year is the 10th anniversary of the fan-favorite corn maze. On top of the anniversary, those who “Dare to be Brave” by embarking on an adventure into the “Korn Kingdom,” will do so in some of the best, green corn around! Beasley's Orchard Owner Debbie Beasley told me that even though they traditionally plant the corn maze field later than other traditional cornfields, it was planted almost a month later than usual because of this year’s drought. When a little rain blessed us in July, they quickly rallied and planted. It must have been a sign when rain came just a few weeks later in a storm that provided exactly what the corn needed because the field was strong and green when it came time to cut in the maze design. The maze is actually designed and created by the world’s leading professional corn maze designer, Brett Herbst of Maize, Inc., based in Utah. Beasley’s selects the design from a portfolio, and the Maize, Inc. crew arrives to layout the design and then later to cut the rows so it is ready just in time for the Fall Festival. If you wander into the barn during the Festival, you will see aerial photos of all the corn maze designs that have come to life in the Beasley Orchard field. It’s fun – and not scary – which is always a concern of parents. The walkways are wide enough to allow for strollers so the whole family can participate. After you enter, you find your way by answering a series of questions (they aren’t really hard). If you answer the question correctly, you are pointed in the right direction. If you don’t answer correctly, well, you get a longer route. Be assured you will still find your way to the end. They say all the trails in the maze total about four miles, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. And most can get through the puzzle within an hour. You’ll find that an hour within the rows of the cornfield gives a new perspective on that ear of corn on the dinner plate! The Fall Festival is more than just a corn maze Don’t think the maze is the only thing to do during the Heartland Apple Festival. The Barn is full of goodies. Apples, apple dumplings and more are ready to eat or to be taken home with fresh produce for a taste of the farm later. There are hayrides, children's activities and lots of interesting things to see and learn. Grab the spouse, pack up the kids, bundle up grandma and grandpa and enjoy an afternoon in the country. For many families it has become an annual event and we know why: there’s nothing better than fun on the farm – especially in the Fall! Beasley’s Orchard Corn Maze