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Corn maze in Reeves opening soon

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Fall is in the air, and that means it is time for pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

One local corn maze in Reeves is set to open up their stalks to the public this weekend.

Chuck Melsheimer has farmed in the Reeves area for 10 years now.

But this year, he felt called to do something different with his corn stalks.

"This is our first year with the maze group, it's a professional organization and they help us with putting out the maze and the design of it," says Melsheimer.

The Melsheimers' decided on designing the maze in the shape of the state of Louisiana with agricultural commodities within the shape.

Melsheimer says that walking through the maze can be quite a challenge, but there are clues along the way.

"We've got passport stops and trivia questions that tell you which way to go," says Melsheimer.

But the fun doesn't stop with the maze, it can also be found on the hay rides, through the animals, and other fun activities.

Melsheimer says that in addition to the fun filled activities on the farm, they also hope to make it an agricultural learning experience.

They even use old sugar cane trailers for farm animal houses.

"Stuff that we have on the farm that may be junk to us, other people find fascinating," says Melsheimer.

"It's very creative," says Sara Bruney, a student who came out to the maze for a field trip. 

"You learn about different things on a farm," says Bruney. "When he gives you a tour he kind of explains some things they do, like how they feed cows and how pumpkins grow."

The maze will open this Saturday, October 3rd at 10 AM.

Field trip hours, during weekdays, are available by reservation. Cost is $10 for ages 12 and up, $8 for ages 4-11, and free for kids 3 and under.

For more information on the maze click on "CM Farms."

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