The GRIP home is a non-profit program for boys from troubled backgrounds that operates the corn maze as an annual fall fundraiser. Program director David Doner extended special thanks to Jim Sherwood for his farming expertise in keeping the maze green despite the drought.
The corn maze offers a fun activity to visit. Visitors get to find their way through a topical labyrinth of corn rows. This year's theme celebrates both the communities of Joplin and Branson as they rise from batterings by tornados.
"There is something for everyone," Doner said. "There's the cow train, movie nights, hay rides, campfires, country store, hillbilly shootin' range, corn cannon, boxer jocks, pumpkin chuckin', farm animals, and lots more."
The Corn Maize will be open through Nov. 3 three days a week. Visitors can tour from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Field trip hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday by reservation only. Reservations can be made by calling 417-498-6191, or 417-498-6071.
As a special attraction for the Halloween season, the "Field of Screams" haunted maze will open on Sept. 28 for after-dark viewing.
Tickets for the maze are $8 for ages 12 and up, $4 for ages 5-11, and free for kids 4 and under. Coupons are available for the first time this year at www.gripboyshome.com. Discounted rates are available for groups and field trips.
New this year is the Twin Spin ride. The L'il Kernals corn box, like a sandbox filled with corn, the
bouncer and games provide a wide range of activities for children. The feed wagon will offer chili, barbecue sandwiches and other treats. The maze has also updated its restroom facilities.
A donation from this season's proceeds will go to help support the Children's Haven of Joplin, which was seriously impacted by last summer's tornado. Other proceeds will be shared with Relay For Life and Parents as Teachers.
The Corn Maize is located six miles west of Aurora, or off Highway 60 at the Verona exit and follow the signs.
The GRIP home provides a warm, positive, home-like environment for young men who need a safe, therapeutic, structured placement where they can learn skills that will last a lifetime. The program is goal-oriented and focuses on responsibility and accountability, as well giving back service to others in the community.
GRIP's smaller program size allows clients to get the individual attention they need, providing residential therapeutic services for boys ages 12 to 18.
For more information about the program, call 417-498-6852.