For immediate release - September 30, 2005
TAVARES — Scott’s Country Market, located at 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora, will open its third Cornfield Maze Adventure with the theme “Salute to the American Soldier” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The six-acre corn maze, designed by Maize Quest, was originally started in 2003 to bring attention to the family-owned Long & Scott Farm. The farm is one of the last remaining in what was once an agricultural-rich area.
“We want people to know there is a farm out here,” said Cindy Scott. “We’re one of the few farmers out here and the last growers of Zellwood Sweet Corn.”
This year, maze experts have created a design that depicts an American soldier extending a hand of friendship. In previous years, the maze has resembled the Statue of Liberty and an American eagle. The larger maze, which takes between one to two hours to complete, is accompanied by a half-hour, mini-maze for kindergarteners and preschoolers.
“This is a good educational experience for kids,” said Rebecca Ryan, Cindy’s sister and one of the many family members working on the farm. “It’s real cool to see the kids faces when they come out to the farm.”
A group of four to six participants, which must include an adult, are given a flag and sent off to conquer the maze. The flag is in case the group gets lost. By waving the flag, market staff high atop a watch tower can spot groups that are having difficulty finding the exit.
There are strict rules to the maze. Obviously no smoking is allowed as is foul language — just “aw shucks” as Scott jokingly says.
“One of our big rules is don’t touch or trample the corn stalks,” Ryan said. “You’ll just ruin it for the other people.”
Finding the exit is only half of the battle in the Cornfield Maze Adventure. A worksheet of educational questions about the U.S. military is handed out to each participant. The questions range from “where is USMA” to “who is the commander in chief.” Answers to the worksheet can be found at nine stations scattered throughout the maze. Also hidden throughout the maze, are nine picture stations where participants can rub patriotic images onto their worksheets.
After participants finish the maze, the country market has all sorts of goodies to purchase, including pumpkins, squash, fresh produce, jams and preserves, honey, cold drinks, and, of course, Zellwood Sweet Corn. The market also provides a picnic area, farm tours and hayrides.
The Cornfield Maze Adventure runs through Nov. 30. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children, ages 4 to 12. The maze is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can reserve maze tours Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (352) 383-6900 or log on to www.longandscottfarms.com.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445