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COMO YOU KNOW: Shryocks' Corn Maze

Sunday, March 11, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:57 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Summary:

Shryocks’ Corn Maze is a 15-acre cornfield that offers miles of trails as well as fall activities. Created in 2002, the Shyrock family constructs new designs for the maze each year using global positioning technology.

Factbox:

Location: Shryocks Callaway Farms

2927 County Road 253

Columbia, Mo. 65202

Area: 15 acres

Opened: 2002

Hours: The corn maze is open in the fall. Hours are variable, usually Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday from morning until late evening and Sunday afternoon

Website: www.callawayfarms.com/corn-maze

Phone: 573-592-0191

E-mail: info@callawayfarms.com

Full text:

Since, 1889, the Shryocks have been farming in northern Callaway County, and they currently raise corn, soybeans and wheat. In 2002 they opened their farm and corn maze for visitors to explore. The corn maze is located at Shryock Callaway Farm, just off Interstate 70 about 12 miles east of Columbia. Each year the Shryock family designs a new maze for their cornfield to bring fun to the residents of mid-Missouri and profit to their farm. The designs have varied over the years, and have included Missouri logos, celebrations for the St. Louis Cardinals championship and the presidential election. The maze now covers 15 acres.

Maze construction

The Shryocks utilize global positioning technology to construct the corn maze. After designing the maze with spatial management programs on a computer, the family places bright stake flags in the field so they can begin mowing.

Past maze designs

  • 2011Milestone Corn Maze, featured Grandma Shyrock's face and 90th birthday cake.
  • 2010 – Around the World Corn Maze, featured hands holding the globe.
  • 2009 – Tiger Country Corn Maze, featured the Missouri Tigers logo.
  • 2008 – Race for the White House Corn Maze, featured a partial replication of the White House facade.
  • 2007 – World Champs Corn Maze, featured the St. Louis Cardinals logo.
  • 2006 – Wild West Corn Maze, featured a horse and mountains.
  • 2005 – Great American Corn Maze, featured an American flag and a partial replication of Mount Rushmore.
  • 2004 – Spirit of Missouri Corn Maze, featured an outline of the state of Missouri and an Missouri football helmet.
  • 2003 – Spirit of America Corn Maze, featured a map of the United States.
  • 2002 – Eye of the Tiger Corn Maze, featured the Missouri Tigers logo.

While at the maze

Generally, the corn maze takes up to an hour and a half for people to complete. Along the way, there are checkpoints with accompanying questions that add a challenge. In 2008, the questions pertained to politics and the 2008 election. The farm also features hayrides and a pumpkin patch, along with campfire areas that can be reserved for small groups during regular maze hours.

Shryocks’ Corn Maze and Agri-tourism

Agri-tourism refers to the way in which farmers and other agricultural workers supplement their income through tourist-like activities. The Shryocks' Corn Maze is able to bring in money using farmland and their corn crop in a way that appeals to the masses.

Links and sources:

Shyrocks Callaway Farm Corn Maze

Corn Maze introduces city slickers to the farm and tries to make a buck

Popular corn maze goes political

Corn maze photo gallery

Updated: March 11, 2012


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