Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon, will open its Amazing Maize Maze for the 20th season under the theme “20 Years of Twists and Turns” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-20.
“We are very excited with this year’s theme, because not only are we celebrating our 20th maze design, we are celebrating the fourth generation of family returning to the farm,” owner Joan Allen said. “This duo-celebration is reflected in the maze design, where each generation has their own maze within the big maze.”
The 5-acre corn field is divided into four quadrants, each one representing an era of Long Acre Farm history.
The windmill in the first section gives tribute to Arthur and Dora Lawrence, who established Long Acre Farms in the 1920s. The second generation, Harlan and Charleen Lawrence, were large cash crop farmers in the 1970s, which is reflected in the rows of crops in the second quadrant.
Doug Allen and Joan Lawrence Allen, current owners of the farm, are known for opening one of the first corn mazes in New York state in 1998, so the third quadrant is dedicated to them. Sarah Henning, who represents the fourth generation, appears in the maze’s last section with a question mark, indicating that more surprises are in store for farm’s future.
“It is interesting to note that each generation has had a unique vision for the farm that has allowed us to evolve, grow and stay in business,” Doug Allen said. “We thought the maze would be a five-year attraction, and here we are still getting people lost 20 years later. I am excited to see where we are in another 20 years.”
Admission costs $12, and includes the Amazing Maize Maze, Animal Track Maze, Back 40 and Pumpkin Jump Pad. For every ticket purchased, guests will receive a free return ticket to be used in the fall.
“The corn is especially thick and tall this year, so if you really want a challenge, August is the time to try if before the corn begins to dry down,” Joan Allen said.
For information, call 315-986-4202 or visit longacrefarms.com.