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How you build a corn maze in Kamloops

The entrance to the corn maze lies past the gates of the abandoned slaughterhouse
October 18, 2014 - 7:35 PM

KAMLOOPS – It takes a lot of work to create a masterpiece in a corn maze, but Tranquille Farm Fresh took up the challenge again this year and developed a puzzle the whole family can enjoy.

“It’s a lot of work to do the maze properly,” manager Annette McLeod says.

It takes roughly a week to set up the maze. Aided by GPS technology, surveying company Underhill and Underhill created several unique turns within the corn stalks. The path is cut twice and flattened by a piece of equipment which packs down the dirt and destroys any remaining branches.

Coming to the maze is a regular for many Kamloops citizens.

“It’s a family tradition,” McLeod says.

Next year Underhill and Underhill along with McLeod plan to have a maze-designing competition for students. McLeod says the winner will be able to join the company in processing the design.

This year’s pattern was designed to ensure exploring the maze would take visitors 30 to 40 minutes. Included in the pattern is the slogan “Tunnel Tours 2014” and a profile of a man’s face. The face represents the lead character in the tunnel tour theatre production “The Tranquillian Soldier.”

The corn maze is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To add a spookier element for Halloween, there will be an evening corn maze extravaganza October 24, 25 and 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This is the third year for the corn maze at Tranquille. McLeod says it’s been a great opportunity to connect with the people of Kamloops and provide new activities during the fall months.

“We want to facilitate and enable the public to come back to Tranquille,” she says. In addition to the maze, visitors can check out the farmer’s market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekend. The market features all B.C. produce – some of which is grown on the farm.

For more information, visit the Tranquille Farm Fresh website.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724

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