Crestview Rotary Club corn maze opens Oct. 6 (VIDEO)

Kim Scheid

Kim Scheid leads her fellow Rotary Club members through the Baker Corn Maze, which opens Oct. 6.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 04:03 PM.

BAKER — Leading a group of his fellow Rotarians through the Crestview Rotary Club’s corn maze, organizer Mike Carroll said, “I’ve been through here two times and I can tell you, it’s very corn-fusing.”

Corny jokes aside, there is a kernel of truth in Carroll’s comment. The 5-acre maze is bewildering, but it’s all in good fun.

“There’s going to be something for everybody out here,” Crestview Rotary Club President Pat Dingess said. “This really caters to families.”

Rotary member Bill Barnhill donated the use of his cornfield off Buck Ward Road in Baker for the maze. He also contributed use of an adjacent pasture for parking and another for the 25-minute hayride, pony rides and a petting zoo. Visitors can play “The A-maze-ing Game” in which they get punches on their admission tickets, used for prizes, by visiting different spots inside the maze.

Sharpshooters can take their three shots with the compressed-air-powered corn cannon, shooting ears of corn toward target buckets to win prizes. Carroll said the armament is comparable to his T-shirt cannon that shoots souvenir shirts from the roof of his portable barbecue smokehouse.

 A $7 individual admission fee covers everything except for the pony rides and concessions, which feature Carroll’s Hub City Smokehouse Triple-B-winning barbecue. Admissions and a portion of concession profits benefit Rotary community projects.

“We’re going to use the profits for the many projects the Rotary supports,” Dingess said. “Our signature project for Rotary Clubs everywhere is polio eradication.”

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