ROCK -The Hayes Corn Maze in Rock strives to give visitors the perfect fall experience.
Each year, families and friends come together in a celebration of autumn in the outdoors. Owners David and Lenore Hayes are going into their ninth season of operating the corn maze, with one simple goal.
"To share the joy we have for life with others," Lenore Hayes said. "Our business is making memories."
An aerial view of the Hayes Corn Maze in Rock is seen. (Hayes Corn Maze photo)
Carol Voorhees of Washington, Ill. waits for members of her family at the entrance of the maze in a recent visit. (Photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Children play on a pile of hay recently at the maze in Rock. (Photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Every year, the corn maze has a theme. This year's, "Treasure Hunt," provides visitors a sensory adventure as they search for 10 stations hidden throughout the maze. The challenge is to become a maze master by finding all 10 punch stations within the maze.
But beware - the last station as not as obvious as the others.
Visitors must solve five riddles before discovering the last station. Those who find all the stations are able to quality for a prize drawing of $100.
In addition to the seven-acre corn maze, the attraction has a one-acre hay maze.
David Hayes described the activities at the maze, which are open to the public.
"It's possible that this can be an all-day event," he said. "There is so much to do."
The hayride brings families to the outback -the pumpkin patch and animal area. Families are able to purchase food there so they can interact with the animals. There are also "Noah's barn yard buddies," which include pigs, goats, and cows.
The Galey's Country Store offers great gifts such as painted rocks, home-crafted item and snacks. Other fun activities include a rope maze challenge, a pumpkin patch and a hay mountain to climb. There is something for everyone in the family - no matter what the age.
The corn maze even offers "corn-fence" rooms for youth groups, schools and parties. There is no additional charge to rent these rooms unless you want to bring your own food.?Then, there is a $30 fee.
The corn maze is located at 3474 St. Nicholas 31st Road, in Rock.
For more information, call 906-359-4825 or visit the website at www.hayescornmaze.com.
Chelsey Roath can be reached at 228-8920. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.