|With over seven acres of corn planted and a new design, the "MAiZE craze" is back in Verona, Missouri for its 11th year. This year, The Maize and the Springfield Cardinals have created a "field of dreams."|
The Maize will open to the public on Sept. 19, and on that day 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest. The day will begin with a strongman competition at 4 p.m. Other events include a pie eating contest, corn shucking contest, greased pig chase, live music and fireworks.
Visitors can "get lost" Sept. 19 through Oct. 31. The Maize will be open 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Field trips are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by reservation only.
The Field of Screams haunting begins at dark on Friday, Oct. 2 and will continue every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31. The first annual trunk or treat will be held on Halloween night.
The newest attraction is the haunted mad cow ride as visitors ride through the forest the legend of Sasquatch will come to life.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 11. Admission is free to veterans and military personnel with identification and for children 4 and under.
Concessions will be available on Fridays and Saturdays. Movie nights are held on Friday and Saturdays also.
The Maize is operated by GRIP Boys Home in Verona with the help of Jim Sherwood's farming experience. GRIP provides residential therapeutic services for boys ages 12 to 18. For more information about the program, contact David Doner, program director, at 417-498-6852.