The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 29, 2013

York County's MaizeQuest Helps Other Farms Make Corn Mazes

By Mollie Durkin
Associated Press

— The expanse of Maple Lawn Farms, complete with rolling hills, cornfields and haystacks, houses Maize Quest Fun Park in picturesque Fawn Township.

But the amusement business stretches its stalks across the world.

A team of its staffers helps 70 other farms create corn mazes like the one it started in 1997, said owner Hugh McPherson.

Covering areas such as marketing, design and physically creating the mazes, Maize Quest coordinates with the other farms to help them build their own fun parks, he said.

In fact, Timothy Day, the maze-cutter, travels as far north as Ontario, Canada, and across the states.

But tucked in the country town of New Park, the original maze is just one of 33 activities -- including a life-size board game and 100,000 pumpkins ripe for picking -- visitors can do at the farm, said McPherson, aka "The Maze Master."

Business really starts picking up when October gets cold, he said, and there's much to do at the farm -- so much that it's best to leave at least half a day open to explore all the activities.

"You really can make it your own day," he said. "The biggest key is just leave enough time."