Fall Fun: Viewing Cornfield Mazes Via Online Maps

One of the unique seasonal activities to do this time of year is to make a trip out to a nearby farm and wander through mazes carved out of corn fields. Designers of these mazes often make them to form interesting pictures or written messages when seen from a bird’s-eye view. I’ve selected a handful to look at here from Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, and Live Search Maps, so enjoy!

Farms which create cornfield mazes are really lucky if they get their mazes captured in the satellite or aerial photos used by the online mapping providers. Cornfield mazes are by nature seasonal, so there’s generally only a small number of months in which their patterns could be seen and captured from the air. Those mazes that are lucky enough to get photographed while they are live can enjoy yet further promotional value all year long as people find the pictures and show them to their friends.

A few of the corn field mazes out there this year are sporting political patterns to derive a bit of promotional value, piggybacking on the fervor surrounding the presidential election.

Other cornfield maze creators appear to be using their crop art to yet further enhance their income by selling advertising space into their patterns — I’ve provided a number of examples of these below as well. Sponsorship messages and ads carved into fields are done by folks who are banking on those ads getting seen by people flying over, getting photographed, getting shown in evening news shows, and getting further distributed through online map images. I’ve spoken before about advertising targeting online maps, and it’s clear that mapvertising like this may grow as an ultra-niche marketing tactic, continuing to heat up in sync with consumer interest in online mapping systems.

Anyway, enjoy this small sampling of the cornfield mazes (as well as “maize field mazes”). Also, find a cornfield maze near your location this month and make the effort to visit in person to get the full, experiential enjoyment out of a really unique thing! Some of the sites I used when locating corn mazes are included at the end of this article, including some of the top corn maze directories which list mazes by their geography. Many of the farms out there offer additional activities such as picking out your own pumpkins, hayrides, smaller hay bale mazes, nighttime “haunted” maze visits, and more.

Wojcik Farm Corn Maze

Wojcik Farm – Jack-O-Lantern picture in maze – 65 Milk Street, Blackstone, MA 01504

Baggenstos Farms Pirate Theme Corn Field Maze

Baggenstos Farms – Previously had a pirate theme, as shown here. Their current maze is apparently sporting a message reminding people to vote in the 2008 presidential elections, and it has drawings of both McCain and Obama. For view of the current presidential maze layout, see this video. 15801 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood, OR

Denver Botanic Gardens Corn Field Maze

Denver Botanic Gardens – w/ Starbucks “crop ad” 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

Depner Farms Corn Field Maze

Depner Farms5945 Griggs Road, Caseville, MI 48725

Maize Valley Farm Corn Maze

Maize Valley Farm – massive football themed mazes. 6193 Edison Street, Hartville, Ohio 44632

Halls Pumpkin Farm Corn Maze

Hall’s Pumpkin FarmNE Corner of Pool & Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine, Tx

Fritzler Corn Field Maze

Fritzler Maze – neat design immitating the Colorado Quarter issued by the U.S. Mint in 2006 20861 Highway 85, LaSalle, CO 80645

Heartland Country Corn Field Maze

Heartland Country Corn Maze – Triceratops dinosaurs must’ve really been “in” as maze patterns in the past! Aspen Road and Hwy 11, Harrisburg, SD

Dan-D Farms Corn Field Maze - ISU

Dan-D Farms – A corn maze announcing the annual Iowa – Iowa State football game just East of Ames, Iowa. The University of Iowa’s ‘Herky the Hawk’ to the right and Iowa State University’s ‘Cy’ tornado mascot to the left. Below is the date of the game – Sept 13, 2003. Ames, IA

Milton Maize Maze, England Maize Field Maze

The Milton Maize MazeLandbeach Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB24, UK

Burjan's Farm Corn Field Maze

Burjan’s Farm524 Old York Rd., Three Bridges, NJ

Schaefer Farms Corn Field Maze

Schaefer Farms1051 County Rt. 523, Flemington, NJ

Biringer Farm Corn Field Maze

Biringer Farm – message written in maze: “Thanks to our Troops!” 4625 40th Place NE, Everett, Wa

Schnepf Farms Oprah Corn Field Maze

Schnepf Farms – Oprah’s face immortalized in corn and a “crop ad” for the News 3 Channel 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ

Lyman Orchards Corn Field Maze

Lyman Orchards – a portion of admission to their mazes goes to support charities. They have a sunflower field maze during the summer. Intersection of Route 147 & Route 157, Middlefield, CT 06455

Cagles Dairy Farm Corn Field Maze

Cagle’s Dairy Farm – they sport 6 mazes “in one” and they lay claim to having the world’s largest corn field maze at 56 acres. Also check out the “crop ad” for Hyundai. 362 Stringer Rd, Canton, GA

Kersey Valley Maize Adventure Maze

Kersey Valley Maize Adventure – another maze in the shape of a Triceratops. Note the “crop ad” for Fox 8. 1615 Kersey Valley Road, High Point, NC

Beasleys Orchard Corn Field Maze

Beasley’s Orchard2304 East Main Street, Danville, Indiana 46122

South 47 Farm Corn Maze

South 47 Farm15410 NE 124th St., Redmond, Wa

Long Scotts Farm Corn Maze

Long and Scott Farms26216 County Rd 448A, Mt. Dora, FL 32757

Wightmans Farms Corn Field Maze

Wightman’s Farms1111 Mt Kemble Rd, Morristown , NJ 07960

Lone Pine Farms Corn Maze

Lone Pine Farms – “Nurture Our Young” message. 91909 River Road, Junction City , OR 97448

Bloomsbury Farm Corn Maze

Bloomsbury Farm – note the KCRG TV News ad with the maze - 3260 69th St, Atkins, IA

Karl's Erdbeerhof Bauernmarkt

Karl’s Erdbeerhof BauernmarktPurkshof, Germany

Research sources used for this article and places to find cornfield mazes near you:

Chris “Silver” Smith is a Search Marketing Consultant and writes for the Locals Only column at Search Engine Land.

Opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.

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