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Those amazing mazes – tricky, educational, but corny fun

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Published on October 17, 2018 with No Comments

These days, where you’ll find cornfields, you may find corn mazes, and Northwest Indiana is no exception. Several family farms in the area offer mazes for adults and youngsters.

With their tall stalks, cornfields are an ideal location for mazes. Besides providing a good time by visitors going from lost to found to lost again, these nature-made puzzles serve as outdoor classrooms, introducing young and old to a new generation of family farms.

Some mazes vary by size and themes, as some mazes range from sports to politics. Other mazes pay tribute to local lore.

At Kregel’s Pumpkin Patch in Lowell, the maze recalls the Belanger Special, winner of the 1951 Indianapolis 500. The vehicle was owned by local businessman Murrell Belanger, who owned a Chrysler dealership in Crown Point and John Deere dealerships in Lowell and Crown Point. The No. 99 Belanger Special was housed at the Lowell John Deere dealership, today a furniture store.

The Belanger Special was the first vehicle to finish the Indy 500 in under four hours. The first racer to weigh under 2,000 pounds, the vehicle was also the first to use magnesium wheels, torsion bars, disc brakes, and a tube frame.

Hobart’s County Line Orchard features several mazes, including a honey-themed design as a tribute to farmers, a soybean maze that returns after last year’s popularity, and the Albanese Gummi Bear Maze, the orchard’s first non-corn maze.

The maze at Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch in Lowell highlights superheroes, both fictional and real. Depicted in the maze is Superman, along with police and fire personnel. The maze also features a lookout bridge that provides an eagle-eye view of the entire maze.

In addition to family business, these maze sites are open to school tours.

Here, arranged by county, is a listing of local corn mazes.

 

LAKE COUNTY

 

• Kregel’s Pumpkin Patch, 7705 W. 159th Ave., Lowell; open noon to 6:00 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays; admission $6-$8 Fridays through Sundays; 219-690-1503; www.kregelspumpkinpatch.com;

• Elzinga Farm Market, 1587 Joliet St., Dyer; open Mondays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed Sundays; 219-865-1181; www.elzingafarms.com

• County Line Orchard, 200 S. County Line Rd., Hobart; open through Oct. 28, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily; admission $7-$10; 219-947-4477; www.countylineorchard.com

• Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, 17904 Grant St., Lowell; open through Oct. 28, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays; admission $7, free to children under 2; 219-440-2386; www.harvesttymefun.com

LAPORTE COUNTY

• Guse Christmas Trees, 6177 W. 1450 S., Wanatah; open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27; 219-733-9346; www.gusechristmastrees.com

• Coulter’s Farm Produce, 5433 U.S. 421, Westville; open through Oct. 28, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekends; maze admission $3; 219-785-2406; www.coultersproduce.com

• Merrie Acres, 2900 S. U.S. 35, LaPorte; open through Oct. 30, Fridays 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sundays noon to 6:00 p.m.; 219-369-6088; www.merrieacres.com

• Fischer Farm, 2400 N. Fail Rd., LaPorte; open daily, 9:00 a.m. to dark; 219-362-8661; www.fischerfarmguesthouse.com

 

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