The fourth annual Strongman competition will also take place at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 with awards going to the top three participants with the fastest combined times. Cost to enter the Strongman contest is $15 and includes admission to the MAiZE.
Other opening day activities include: a corn-shucking contest at 1 p.m.; the Strongman competition at 2 p.m.; an appearance by Springfield Cardinal mascot Louis from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; a greased pig chase at 5 p.m.; karaoke at 5:30 p.m.; and a pie eating contest slated for 6 p.m.
A fireworks show will conclude opening day festivities, which will begin at dusk.
This annual event will feature other highlights sure to delight visitors young and old. Included are the cow train, movie nights, hay rides, campfires, a country store, a hillbilly shootin' range, a corn cannon, boxer jocks, pumpkin chuckin' and farm animals.
For the younger guests, there will be a Lil' Kernals CORNer, which will feature the corn box, bouncers and games.
The feed wagon will offer chili, BBQ sandwiches and other refreshments.
The MAiZE will offer visitors the opportunity to "get lost" from Sept. 18 through Oct. 30 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday evening and from 5 to 10 p.m. each Friday night. Saturday hours will run from noon to 10 p.m.
For the brave of heart, the Field of Screams haunted maze will start at dark on Oct. 1, along with the Mad Cow haunted trail ride, which will run every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening.
Cost of admission is $8 for ages 8 years and older; $4 for ages 5 through 11; and free for all military personnel with identification. Veterans. and children 4 and under are free.
Field trip hours are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday by reservation only. Discounts are available for groups and field trips.
For more information or to make reservations, call Stephanie Doner at 417-498-6191 or 417-498-6071. Requests may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.