Clearwater Corn Maze Opens Friday, Oct. 7

Wednesday, October 5 2011


LEWISTON, Idaho – The Clearwater Corn Maze opens Friday at 6 p.m. for its second annual run at the Lewiston Roundup Grounds with a few new features and plenty of fans.

The maze drew more than 10,000 visitors last year. The nearly 11-acre corn maze operates as a collaboration by the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Kaufman Farms of Lewiston and the Lewiston Roundup Association.

The maze features nearly 3 miles of trails that trace the face that cheers the hearts of all who wear the silver and gold: University of Idaho mascot Joe Vandal. The maze is located next to the Lewiston Roundup arena at 2100 Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston.

The maze will operate in October on Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. It will also operate Sunday, Oct. 30, from noon to 10 p.m. and will operate as a special haunted maze Halloween from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 4 and younger are admitted free.

In addition to the maze, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students will offer pumpkins and glow necklaces for sale. This year’s maze will feature several added attractions: a straw bale maze designed for the youngest visitors and “commodity boxes” with toys and local grains. FFA clubs will operate food booths.

In return for operating the maze, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students learn about precision agriculture, crop management and business principles. The students also share in the proceeds to fund Agricultural Student Affairs Council-affiliated clubs’ field trips and activities and for scholarships.

This year’s maze opens during Ag Days at the University of Idaho and Homecoming weekend. Some 230 high school students and 50 teachers and chaperones will attend Ag Days events Oct. 7 and 8 and will visit the maze Friday evening. On campus, they’ll participate in organized programs that offer a sampling of the college’s academic offerings, livestock judging and other events.

Additional maze sponsors include Primeland Cooperatives, Hillcrest Aircraft, Hahn Rental, Steve Carlton Construction, Aeschliman Farms, Blue Mountain Ag, C&M Land, Columbia Tractor, Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative, Mary Hasenoehrl, Don Van Buren, Inland Cellular, Kuespert Insurance, Lafe Wilson, Lewiston Lions Club, LM Sign Design, Morscheck Farms and Poxleitner Saw Mill.

More information about the maze is available online at www.uidaho.edu/cornmaze. More information about Ag Days is available online at www.uidaho.edu/cals/agdays.