LOCAL TRAVEL: Corn maize returns

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Mysterious outdoor adventure returns with a few new twists

Popular MAiZE Maze Returns for 16th Season with a Brand New Design

Milford Center, OH — Sept 2017 — With 9 acres of corn planted and their new mind-boggling design now created, the Rausch family is bringing the “MAiZE craze” back to Ohio. The popular Milford Center labyrinth, that drew thousands of visitors last fall, will once again get curious maze-goers lost when it opens to the public on Sept 16.

Part of an increasingly popular “agritainment” trend, it will be joined this year by nearly 220 affiliated MAiZE sites across the United States, Canada and Europe.

The Rausch family, in partnership with maze designer Brett Herbst – the world’s leading designer of 1500+ corn mazes — hopes to give even more people a chance to experience the unique source of good farmin’ fun in their newly-designed labyrinth. This year’s corn maze is the Columbus Blue Jackets corn maze.

Though the correct pathways can be walked in under 30 minutes, most directionally-challenged visitors – adults and children alike — will require about one hour to travel through more than two miles of twists and turns and 85 decision points.

The MAiZE will give visitors the chance to “get lost” Sept. 16 through Oct. 29. In hours are Fridays 5–10PM, Saturdays Noon–10 PM, and Sundays Noon – 6PM. Field trip hours, during weekdays, are available by reservation. The MAiZE is located off SR 161, about 10 miles south of Marysville and 8 miles west of Plain City.

The admission price is $9.

Discounts are offered for families, groups and field trips. For more information or to make reservations, call 937-349-4781 or visit www.themaize.com or www.mazeandberries.com.

Ways To Enjoy The MAiZE

In an ongoing effort to ensure that the MAiZE experience offers something for everyone, the public will find an increased number of ways to experience the maze this year:

• Open both day and night, The MAiZE caters to school field trips during the day and has created an elementary education campaign that includes: customized ag-in-the-classroom lesson plans and activity sheets for teachers, discounted field trip opportunities, on-site educational displays, and an agricultural “passport” that integrates education into the maze experience and helps guide students along the correct pathway. Teachers can access curriculum materials and field trip information online at www.themaize.com. Field trips can also be scheduled by reservation.

• Interactive “passports” are available for groups and the general public. Each contains ten questions that quiz the user on a chosen subject, and those who answer the questions correctly will receive clues that guide them along the correct path to the exit. Subjects include: sports, boy scouting, girl scouting, scriptural, American history, interactive, teambuilding, 4-H, Halloween and agriculture.

• In an effort to make the experience as easy or as hard as visitors want it to be, the maze has been divided into two phases. Participants will have the option to continue on to the next phase or exit the maze at the entrance to the second level.

• Customized activities have been added for birthday parties, corporate outings and group rivalries/races.

• In October, the haunted Field of Fright will take on a Halloween twist. Spooks will be lurking in the corn at night.

• The MAiZE will also have additional activities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, Barnyard Bouncer, corn cannons, cow barrel train, Ball Zone, Laser Tag, Dodgeball, farm animals, pedal carts, tube slide, PVC roller slide, rubber duck races, Spiderweb, Kiddie Maze, Pumpkin Blaster, Paintball Pandemonium and campfires.

• Special events you won’t want to miss at The MAiZE this year are:

Sept. 17, Farmers Feed the World Food Drive – Purchase one admission at the regular price and bring in 2 canned food items to get the 2nd admission for FREE (*not valid w/ group rate or discounts)

Sept. 22-24, Scout Weekend – Scout groups receive the group rate and free scout patch

Oct. 1, CBJ Day – CBJ Mobile Tour with Blue Jacket activities, Blue Jacket Tent with prizes plus Balloon Sculptures by Erica Carlson

Oct. 15, Frost Lion Ice Plus – Come see what giant pumpkin carving is created plus face painting by the Marysville Art League

Oct. 22, Trick or Treat & Costume contest – Kids wear their costume, trick or treat for candy & enter our costume contest.

Oct. 29, Great Pumpkin Smash – Pumpkin Destruction on the final day of the season! Let’s smash pumpkins and win prizes!

The Field of Fright haunted attraction is open Fridays & Saturdays at dark, Oct. 6–28.



The MAiZE in Milford Center, OH is a human labyrinth carved into a 9-acre cornfield. Owned by residents Randy & Jayne Rausch & family, it was designed by Brett Herbst – now the world’s leading designer of 1500 + corn mazes. Designed to challenge the wits of those attempting to find the one exit from more than two miles of twists, turns and dead ends, the puzzle provides a unique source of good farmin’ fun for adults and children alike.

The first of the increasingly-popular “MAiZE craze” to reach the Rausch’s home town of Milford Center, the 10-foot-high labyrinth is the National Champion corn maze. On average, maze-goers will wander for more than an hour seeking the labyrinth’s one and only exit.

The MAiZE will also have additional activities including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, Barnyard Bouncer, Corn Cannons, Pumpkin Blaster, Paintball Pandemonium, cow barrel train, Ball Zone, Laser Tag, Dodgeball, farm animals, pedal carts, tube slide, PVC roller slide and rubber duck races, Spiderweb, Kiddie Maze, Tetherball, Tug-O-War and campfires.

The haunted Field of Fright will be opened at dark on the weekends before Halloween.

WHEN/WHERE THE MAiZE will open September 16 through October 29. Hours are: Friday 5–10 PM

Saturday 12–10 PM

Sunday 12–6 PM

* Sept. 23 – 12–5 PM

* Oct. 13/No school fun day – 12–10 PM

THE MAiZE is located at 8657 Axe Handle Rd, Milford Center. It is 10 miles south of Marysville and 8 miles west of Plain City just off SR 161.


Ages 3 and up: $9

haunted $15

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.


The MAiZE, Inc. annually creates mazes for 280+ farms worldwide and represents an increasingly popular trend in outdoor fall entertainment for children and adults alike. Brett Herbst, found of the MAiZE company, has worked with his team to design more than 3,000 corn mazes since first introducing the concept to Utah in 1996. Providing design and consulting services to those interested in creating their own labyrinths, The MAiZE has become the world’s largest cornfield maze company. For additional information, visit www.themaize.com.


In support of agricultural education, The MAiZE has created an elementary education campaign that includes: customized ag-in-the-classroom lesson plans and activity sheets for teachers, on-site displays and tours in some locations, discounted field trip opportunities, and a “passport” that integrates education into the maze experience and helps guide children and families along the correct pathway. Also available to the public are passport subjects, including: agriculture, scouting, interactive, 4-H, American history, Halloween, teambuilding, sports, tiny tots, movies/music and scriptural.


Call our hotline at 937-349-4781 or check out our web site at www.themaize.com or www.mazeandberries.com.


• It takes the average visitor more than one hour to discover the puzzle’s exit, while those who make all the correct decisions can complete the task in 15-30 minutes.

• The origin of the maze is lost in prehistory-some five millenia ago. The first cornfield maze, however, was created in Pennsylvania in 1993. Sparking a new “agritainment” industry, there are now hundreds worldwide.

• While a human maze is a pretty unique use of corn-it is only one of many. Corn, more than 8,000 years old, now has more than 3,500 uses.

Great Pumpkin Glow offers spectacular fall experience

Mansfield, Ohio – The gorgeous Kingwood Center Gardens in north central Ohio will glow with the lights of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns this fall at the beloved Great Pumpkin Glow. Now entering its 7th year, the Great Pumpkin Glow is back with more pumpkins than ever before, plus live music, local vendors and the Scarecrow Row walking path. On Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, visitors can stroll through the garden’s 47 acres and take in the stunning display of glowing pumpkins.

In addition to grinning, wildly creatively carved pumpkins, Kingwood Center’s gardens will be filled with glow-in-dark balloons, friendly scarecrows, dramatic gourd displays, towering corn stalks and beautiful chrysanthemums. The whole family can also enjoy hay wagon rides and pumpkin-themed games, ending the night toasting s’mores around the Children’s Campfire

The Great Pumpkin Glow is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Great Pumpkin Glow tickets are available online at kingwoodcenter.org for $6 or $8 at the gate.

New this year, guests have the opportunity to enjoy two incredible family-friendly Mansfield destinations for just $10. The Pumpkin Pass, presented by Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Kingwood Center allows families to take in the sights and sounds of the Great Pumpkin Glow, and then return any other day to the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum to learn, grow and play together. The Pumpkin Pass is available online only at littlebuckeye.org or kingwoodcenter.org.

Kingwood Center is a 47-acre estate, built in 1926 by the late Charles Kelly King. King made his fortune by leading the Ohio Brass Company into new ventures, becoming President and Chairman of the Board. After his death, King left the estate to the foundation that continues to operate Kingwood Center today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the center boasts acres of large, formal, public gardens; stunning plant collections; ponds; a vast menagerie of peacocks and ducks; extensive gardening libraries; special events, workshops and classes and plant sales. Kingwood Center’s gardens are open daily, with special tours and events taking place weekly.

A destination unlike any other, Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio, home of the Shawshank Trail, offers unusual travel adventures and experiences, world-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf, and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Complete visitor information and free visitors guide is available at DestinationMansfield.com or by calling (800) 642-8282 or by searching “Destination Mansfield” on Facebook and Twitter.

Find the Magic of Fall in Ohio at Ohio.org/Fallidays

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2017) – Fall is a distinctive season in Ohio with an identifiable color palette of reds, oranges and yellows; cooler temperatures; and aromas and tastes of autumn’s harvest from apples to pumpkins. It’s such a fun, vibrant few months to enjoy time with those closest to you that it feels like a holiday — or perhaps a Falliday! To help visitors find those special autumn activities in Ohio, the Office of TourismOhio has created a new landing page, Ohio.org/Fallidays.

“My friends and family come together to visit the farmers’ market, walk in the woods and take in local festivals,” said David Goodman, Director, Ohio Development Services Agency. “There’s so much to experience in Ohio. Find It Here at Ohio.org, and make your own family Falliday.”

Ohioans and visitors are appreciating the change of seasons too. Last year, travelers logged an estimated eight million overnight visits in Ohio during September and October – that’s comparable to the number of overnight visits in June and July.

With all the opportunities to gather together during fall, the Fallidays landing page will help people find unique adventures perfect for them and their friends or family – their Fallidays. Here’s what you will find at Ohio.org/Fallidays:

Fall Getaway Ideas arranged by theme – Active Adventures, Autumn Wanders, Cultural Pursuits, Eerie Encounters, Family Fun and Foodie Flavors.

Fallidays Checklist – A quick and easy way to identify some “must-do” experiences for the season from hayrides and pumpkin picking to sculpture parks, hiking or kayaking.

Falliday Itineraries – Five itineraries arranged by region to jump-start fall travel planning.

Fall Color Report – Created in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, visit here to see where the foliage colors are most vibrant throughout the season. Color reports will begin in October.

Fall Festivals & Events – Eight weekends worth of festivals celebrating popcorn, pawpaws, lumberjacks, Oktoberfest and more.

Drives, Views and Outdoors – Find scenic fall color drives, information on watchtowers offering brilliant fall foliage views and more from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Hang on tight to loved ones as you search for ghosts at some of the most haunted facilities across the state. Get your adrenaline pumping as you zip line by moonlight. Send your taste buds soaring by sampling delicious treats during a fall food tour or take in the sights on a train excursion through a National Park. There is no limit to the amazing adventures you’ll find in Ohio this fall!

For more Fallidays inspiration, follow @OhioFindItHere on Twitter or like Ohio. Find it Here. on Facebook and share your experiences using #OhioFall17.

About TourismOhio

TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio’s $43 billion tourism industry. For more, visit Ohio.org.


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