Our Annual Trip to the Corn Field

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Welcome to Suter's Wild West Adventure!

Living in the middle of corn and soybeans country, life just wouldn't be the same without our yearly trip to Suter's Corn Maze.  Located just about 40 minutes from home, this unique place offers an afternoon full of fun for all the family.  My husband, daughter, son-in-law, and myself recently made the trip to Pandora, Ohio.  A new theme design is made each year with this time being the "Wild West."  And the maze proved to be the most difficult yet!

The maze is open Saturday and Sunday from the middle of September to the first week in November.  Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.50 for kids kindergarten through college age.  You are given a map and a card.  The map is supposed to help you manuever the maze (at times, it wasn't much help).

The Entrance Where the Corn Maze Awaits!
  On one side of the card, you gather stamps depicting different items associated with the theme.  The other side is an informative fill-in-the-blanks game pertaining to the theme.  Answers to the blanks are located throughout the maze.  So, the whole experience is like a scavenger hunt! 

Our foursome each has their own forte when negoitating the maze.  We work together very well.  Lesley is our map reader and "compass."  She seems to be able to "find" us when we are lost.  My husband, Bill, has a nose for the clues and stamps.  Dan is tall, so he is a great person to look for when we get separated, and he can sometimes see over the top of the corn.  And me, well, I'm the stable force - "You stay here Mom, we will be right back!"  This year the first part of the maze proved to be the hardest.

Suter's Pumpkin Picking People Picker Upper Hayride
  I think we spent an hour in this area trying to find the stamps.  Now, there are "helpers" wandering around the maze.  You can request assistance from the smallest clue to "where the heck are we!"  For the first time ever, we asked for a tiny clue to get us on track and less frustrated!

The second part of the maze went much quicker.  Another thing making this year's maze more difficult was the height of the corn.  Rain at just the right time produced very tall corn!  No cheating this year by looking for the top!  About an hour and a half into the maze, we had finally discovered the hiding places of all the stamps and answers to the fact sheet.  It is nice to see the sign congratulating you for successfully negotiating the maze.

Some really tall corn this year!
  At the exit, there is a bridge for you to go up and over just to get a look over the whole maze from a different viewpoint.  Upon completion if you have found all the stamps and answers, you are given a "free" shot of the corn cannons.  Read on for an explaination of the cannons.

The maze isn't the only attraction at Suter's.  They offer a hayride to the pumpkin patch where you can pick out the perfect jack o' lantern.  What is fun about this is the name of the service - Suter's Pumpkin Picking People Picker Upper!  Families seem to have fun on the ride to and from the patch. 

A very popular activity is the corn cannons.  These compressed air cannons are mounted on a pole and are able to swivel around for a great shot of the many targets in the field.

Lesley inspects her cannon
  Corn nubs are inserted in the barrels and the shooter is handed the "trigger."  From then, it is ready, aim, and fire away!  If you hit a target on the fly, you will receive a glass of fresh pressed cider!  A nominal fee is charged for each shot - something like three tries for a dollar.  Bill was the only one to hit a target and earn a "free" glass of cider.

Another fun spot is the mini mazes.  These fun little brain teasers take just a short time and are free.  Solving them takes a little bit of thinking and trying.  This year there were three different mazes to conquer. 

And one just can't leave without having your picture taken behind goofy pumpkin cut outs!  I believe we have pictures from each year we have visited Suter's.

Lesley is looking for the saloon!
  New this year was the pump rubber ducky races.  Depending on how fast you can pump water determines the speed of your duck in the trough.  The ultimate goal - be the first to drop your ducky in the pond!  Between Lesley and her dad, Dan and I didn't stand a chance!  Those two are very competitive and very fast pumpers!

One last stop for us is the cider mill.  In this building, the "free" cider coupon can be redeemed.  Gallons, half gallons, and glasses of fresh pressed cider can be purchased along with apples, apple cider jelly, gourds, pumpkins, mums, and other fall items.  On display are pictures of past mazes and other memorabilia from Suter's Produce. 

This is a great fall activity for the whole family and something this family just can't miss!  Suter's is open Saturdays (10 am to 8 pm) and Sundays (1pm to 8 pm).  For more details, visit their website www.sutersproduce.com and click on the corn maze. 

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Welcome to Suters Wild West Adven…
Welcome to Suter's Wild West Adve…
The Entrance Where the Corn Maze A…
The Entrance Where the Corn Maze …
Suters Pumpkin Picking People Pic…
Suter's Pumpkin Picking People Pi…
Some really tall corn this year!
Some really tall corn this year!
Lesley inspects her cannon
Lesley inspects her cannon
Lesley is looking for the saloon!
Lesley is looking for the saloon!
Themed Entrance
Themed Entrance
Are we ready for this?
Are we ready for this?
Off we go!  Lesley in the lead!
Off we go! Lesley in the lead!
Is this the way to go?
Is this the way to go?
Bill found a stamp!
Bill found a stamp!
Wow, this is really tall corn!
Wow, this is really tall corn!
Lesley found the last clue!  Showi…
Lesley found the last clue! Show…
Is that the way out?
Is that the way out?
I believe it is!
I believe it is!
Lesley and Dan are happy!
Lesley and Dan are happy!
Bill and Deb are happy!
Bill and Deb are happy!
Look who has climbed the stairs of…
Look who has climbed the stairs o…
There are people wandering around …
There are people wandering around…
A view of the corn cannons from th…
A view of the corn cannons from t…
Hey, wait for me!
Hey, wait for me!
Oh come on, you cant be that tire…
Oh come on, you can't be that tir…
Receiving our free corn cannon s…
Receiving our "free" corn cannon …
Rubber Ducky Race - Pump fast!
Rubber Ducky Race - Pump fast!
Loading the barrel
Loading the barrel
Ready, Aim...............
Ready, Aim...............
Looking over the targets
Looking over the targets
Did you hit the target?  NO!!!!
Did you hit the target? NO!!!!
A challenging little maze
A challenging little maze
Trying to figure this one out
Trying to figure this one out
Dan and Bills turn
Dan and Bill's turn
Cheezy Pumpkin Picture
Cheezy Pumpkin Picture
Oh, what we do for a laugh!
Oh, what we do for a laugh!
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