Hayes Corn Maze set to open this weekend

ROCK, Mich. (WLUC) - Lenore Hayes Co-Founder of the Hayes Corn Maze stays busy these days preparing their 200 acre farm for their Saturday September 14th opening day.

“We have an 8 acre corn maze. Our main sponsor is Richards Printing in Escanaba," Hayes announced.

If navigating the corn maze isn't enough, you'll also find some fun games within the corn maze itself.

"There's six punch stations that are placed throughout the corn maze," Hayes hinted.

Winners of the maze master challenge are registered to win a cash prize at the end of the season. But you have to decipher the puzzle to win.

Kids can also try their hand at Farm Scene Investigation and help find Farmer Joe.

"Farmer Joe is missing! So they have to figure out who did it and how it happened and where it had happened,” Hayes declared.

If you survive the corn maze, check out the hay maze sponsored by Big Boy. There’s also pumpkin bowling, an apple sling and tons of other games.

"We've got the tilt challenge and we've got the ball climb and a rope maze, hay mountain and we have all kinds of animals. We have ducks, geese, chickens and bunnies," Hayes asserted.

You can even pet MIA, the family dog.

Of course you can feed the animals too. "We sell little ice cream cones filled with grain," Hayes added.

Feed yourself while you’re at it with the full concession stand, the country store.

Before you head home, don’t forget to get a gourd for the road picked fresh from the pumpkin patch.

“We have wagons and they just fill their wagons up with pumpkins and they get that whole farm experience. That's what this whole thing is about," Hayes reckoned.

Nick Temple is a farm hand on the property. He’s still in high school at Mid Peninsula. He says the pumpkins will go fast so you have to get them while you can.

Gates open Saturdays from 10:30 until 6:30 p.m. They’re also open Sundays from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m. You can also reserve the ‘cornference room’ for large parties during the work week. Call 906-359-4825 for more information.

Admission is $9. Kids under 2 years old are free. They also offer military, senior and NMU student discounts. Temple concluded by saying they’re just about finished putting the finishing touches on the decorations.

"We just have to do a little more decorating. We just have some final touches and we'll be all set for all our customers to come in here and enjoy their weekend,” Temple touted.

It is a farm. So be sure to wear boots or old shoes and dress for the weather.