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Haunted Farm
07-19-2010, 05:44 PM
Yesterday Ohio was hit with strong storms and high winds. I walked out to what used to be my corn maze and the corn is now laying down. This happened last year but not like this. There are places that are about 40'x50' laying down. These are large areas. I need some ideas to help take up the space. We are going to put a circus in one area. I was thinking some shacks here and there, but there is alot to take up. Help this is our 10th year and I am having a nervous breakdown. :(

Allen H
07-19-2010, 06:17 PM
try a wooden fence panel maze. You can get alot of panels for free from folks taking them down, call a few fence guys. then its T posts and zip ties.

sophisticatedterror
07-19-2010, 06:22 PM
great idea allen...i was actually about to suggest a chainlink maze....those are quite fun when done right...
also...depending on your water table in your areaa...you could dig big trenches about 4 to 5 ft down and about 8ft wide....and slope the entrance and exits...makes for a unique thing for your customers to go through....all you need is a backhoe and those can be rented pretty cheap these days...makes for a nice chainsaw run


Kale

damon carson
07-20-2010, 09:44 PM
Orange construction fencing and rebard could help fill in the areas or direct your customers where they need to go. It could be a cheaper alternative.
Damon

brad
07-22-2010, 06:50 AM
great idea allen...i was actually about to suggest a chainlink maze....those are quite fun when done right...
also...depending on your water table in your areaa...you could dig big trenches about 4 to 5 ft down and about 8ft wide....and slope the entrance and exits...makes for a unique thing for your customers to go through....all you need is a backhoe and those can be rented pretty cheap these days...makes for a nice chainsaw run


Kale

This does make a nice effect, but there is a down side to this. When it's inspection time, the building inspector will probly require it to be sloped on all 4 sides according to OSHA codes.

If I remember correctly, it's equired to have a 45 degree slope on all sides.

If you never get inspected, this could work for you, but you will deffintely need to re-enforce the sides. With as much rain is possible, it could cause a collapse and engulfement.

N2SPOOKINU
07-22-2010, 11:08 PM
I dont know if the areas that blew down are in the middle or on the outside but if they are in the middle I have an idea. We do a corn maze also and got tired of not being able to control the crowds so we simply cut out 4 large circles in the corn and put 1 shack in each of the circles with 3 pathways to each circle. The shacks looked identical and when the customers came into the next circle they thought they were going around in circles. It worked very well and it might help you fix your large corn areas. Just a thought.
Good luck this year and I hope I explained it good enough.
Greg
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Mike Goff
07-23-2010, 07:46 AM
I would relax and give it some time. In most cases, if the stalks are not broken the corn will stand back up on it's own. It may not be straight but it will improve.

Have you considered cutting alternate paths? We are always cutting in detours, where scared customers break down corn. Usually by the middle of the season, we have a completely new path.

One idea that we like to do in large open areas is a patch of fake monsters with a couple of actors thrown in. They never know which ones are real until it's too late.
a patch of scarecrows works good too. If the corn doesn't come back, bundle it up into corn shocks and place them about 4' apart. This would be a good place for a lawn mower with no blade on it, act like you are going to run over thier feet.