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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan has a fondness for Maine’s peculiar goings on. And helmet cams. There’s definitely a fondness for helmet cams.   Since she arrived in Maine 10 years ago, it’s been her mission to experience it all firsthand – from the cardboard boat races to the paddleboard jousting tournaments. With any luck, she’ll persuade you to try it, too.

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Posted: September 24, 2014

Get lost in the stalks: Corn Mazes in Maine

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Corn mazes. People go in and sometimes never come out. Just kidding. Or am I? Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Corn mazes. People go in and sometimes never come out. Just kidding. Or am I? Gregory Rec/Press Herald file photo

Tackle one of these corn labyrinths with only a few clues – and your own husky intuition – to guide you. The fall corn maze is solvable, so they say, although it’s rumored some maze-goers went in and never came out. Mwuhahaha.

Don’t let the fear of never making it out alive deter you, but you might want to keep your cellphone handy anyway, just in case you need to phone emergency services to get yourself choppered out of there.

And for ideas on making the corn maze even more thrilling: Headed into a corn maze? 3 ways to ramp up the adventure (plus some survival tips)


Harvest Hill Farms

125 Pigeon Hill Road, Mechanic Falls
207-998-3259 |
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 13 though Oct. 25, 2014. Night maze opens Friday, Oct. 3 and is open from dark to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Last tickets for night maze sold at 9:30 p.m.
The 10-acre cornfield features an intricate labyrinth of passages in a shape with an agricultural theme. Find clues, pictures and games along the way and use Maize-o-Vision secret decoders to navigate the multi-acre maze. Adults and youth $8.

Pumpkin Valley Farm

100 Union Falls Road, Dayton
207-929-4088 | www.pumpkinvalleyfarm
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 20 to Nov. 1, 2014 (closing at 4 p.m. on Nov. 1)
A 6-acre labyrinth of twists, turns and dead ends carved through stalks over your head! Most maze-goers spend on average an hour trying to maneuver their way out of the mind-boggling puzzle! No worries though, the maze is designed in two phases for an early exit halfway. $8.50 per person (2 and under free) includes everything on the farm, including hayride.

Ricker Hill Orchards

295 Buckfield Road (Route 117), Turner
207-225-3455 |
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, 2014
Take advantage of the corn maze, hay maze, full bakery and farm market store. You can also pick your own pumpkins and apples and take a self-guided tour through the cranberry bog.


This year's maze at Thunder Valley Farm.

This year’s maze at Thunder Road Farm.

Thunder Road Farm

185 Newport Road (Route 117), Corinna
207-278-3708 |
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 13 through Nov. 2, 2014
This year the Corn Maize is honoring first responders with a maze design that includes a police badge, firefighter’s helmet and other images. There’s also a Jumping Pillow, Duck Races,  Cow Train, Bale Maze, Corn Box, picnic tables, Corn Tunnel, Hayrides, Horse Tire Swings, and photo ops. $8 admission (3 and under free) includes maze, hayride, jumping pillow and more.

Treworgy Family Orchards

3876 Union St, Levant
207-884-8354 |
You can Maze three ways… 1.) Go in. Get out. 2.) Go in. Find all five stations, and solve the Clue mystery. Find your way out. 3.) Go in. Find all five stations, and solve the Clue mystery. Find Station X, and answer the mystery question. Find your way out. This year’s theme: The Lost Locomotive. $7 adults, $6.50 children. There’s also a night maze on Oct 18 and 19. Apple picking, pumpkin picking, petting zoo, hayrides, orchard cafe and more.

Zack’s Corn Maze

7 Colby Turner Road, York
207-475-7857 |
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday Sept. 14 through Oct. 31, 2014
A 20-minute hayride delivers you to the the corn maze, which is embedded in 17 acres of corn fields. Beginning Oct. 11, flashlight tag nights inside the maze from 7 to 10 p.m. Maze costs $8 (under 3 free). There’s also tractor-pulled pumpkin picking hayrides and PYO pumpkins and a farm stand.

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