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

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 04:03 PM.

Among the local projects, Dingess said, is the club’s annual dictionary giveaway to third-graders and U.S. Constitution copies presented to seventh-graders in north county schools.

Four marshals with walkie-talkies will be in the maze at all times, not just to temper any high-spirited mischief and deter cheaters who might be tempted to cut through corn rows, but also to direct lost visitors, including anyone lost as twilight approaches.

Organizers said that unlike some comparable events, the Baker Corn Maze does not have a Halloween or nighttime component, which makes it more amenable to church groups that oppose Halloween-themed activities.

“This is a fall festival event,” Dingess said. “Don’t come expecting ghosts or goblins. We’re focusing on families and are open only during daylight hours.”

Without giving away any secrets, a feature of the maze is the central pattern of the Rotary International “wheel” logo, forming a broad, circular avenue from which various paths through the maze radiate and connect.

Barnhill said the local Rotary Club directed Precision Mazes, a Missouri-based firm, to design the maze layout. The business came to Baker and cut the maze through Barnhill’s cornfield in one day using GPS-guided equipment.

“Put on your tennis shoes and come ready for fun,” Dingess said. “Flip-flops are not recommended.”

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