Somewhere There’s a Pumpkin for Me

October 3, 2011

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Above: part of the pumpkin patch at Sever's Corn Maze.

It has been an eventful weekend for me. Friday/Saturday we had a gas leak. Because there was a rash of emergency calls the technicians were told to simply stop the leaks by turning off the meters but not to fix anything. That meant waiting around on Sunday for someone to actually come and fix the problem so I missed a sketch out and the Twin Cities Marathon (it runs quite close to where I live for a portion of the race).

But the good news is that on Saturday, since the problem was "stopped" and no one was coming to fix anything (I'm not worried that the meter is off as we haven't used the furnace at all so far this year and this week promises to be quite mild with lows only in the 40s), I was able to go with my friend Linda to Sever's Corn Maze. Saturday was in the high 60s and sunny, and a beautiful fall day.

At Sever's we had adventures in the maze* (I'm pleased to report a second successful year of navigation on my part—we only go through a small portion of the maze), and enjoyed seeing the exotic animals, corn cannon, pumpkin sling, hay bale maze, and my favorite—the corn pit (see below). I also had TWO delicious all beef corn dogs that were crusty and cooked to perfection. (We were there for a long time!)

Above: The corn pit at Sever's Corn Maze. A large area (you're seeing less than one quarter of it) was surrounded with a hay bale wall and then filled with corn so that you sunk down into the corn. There were some hay bale islands (see top right). The entire thing was covered with a circus tent top. Kids were leaping off the bale walls into the corn, "Dad, throw me in," one 7-year-old boy kept saying as he crawled out repeatedly. And of course his dad would fling him back in. I wondered why they didn't have a contest to guess how many kernels of corn it took to fill the corn pit.

On exiting the maze grounds we stopped in the family owned pumpkin patch to select pumpkins. I located a large pumpkin that Linda thought her parents would enjoy and she returned the favor by finding a small pumpkin with an outrageous stem (it was still attached to the vine). I hope to paint "portraits" of the pumpkin this week.

We took in other points of interest in Shakopee, but the only two I can recommend are, 1. the Shakopee Trading Post which is a family run business that has been tucked in a small corner of Skakopee for 21 years and worth a visit, and 2. Mt Holly, Minnesota, which was part of the art crawl scene this weekend. (You can read about Mt. Holly at the link.)

I didn't sketch at all on Saturday! In fact I left my journal at home. I had some slips of paper to sketch on if the mood took me, but I was too busy trying to learn to use the new camera. (Not that successful so far.) And I was too busy laughing. A very good day.

*If you go to Sever's website you'll see the aerial photo of the maze. We went in, around the star, up to and around the Shuttle's wing, and wound back down to the exit, taking in some of the information cards that are positioned throughout the maze.

    • Miss T
    • October 3, 2011

    Roz, that looks like fun. Did your shoes get full of corn?

  1. Reply

    Brilliant! And that is made from corn stalks? They must have as much fun designing their mazes as people have going through them. Sure to bring out the chaild in everyone who goes there, lucky kids!

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    Miss T. I didn’t go into the corn pit! I just watched. Even standing at the edge I would tell the “dust” would bother my allergies.

    But yes, everyone coming out had corn in their shoes (if they kept them on; some folks didn’t) and Linda reported that there was corn in the satellite restroom she used later in the day—obviously from people who’d been in the corn pit!).


  3. Reply

    Caroline, the corn maze is a living field of corn. It’s not just stalks, it’s actual growing plants with ears of corn on them.

    I’m not sure how they go about doing this but I suspect they plant the entire field, then when corn gets to a certain low height they go through and mow the paths using a GPS of some sort to help them “draw” the design.

    Then they keep letting the field grow, maintaining the paths as needed, until the time to open arrives. The corn stalks are a good 12 feet tall! You don’t see anything but sky when you are walking around in it.

    Very fun indeed. Though the paths are wide enough for four people or so standing abreast so you don’t get claustrophobic. (At least I don’t.)

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    Sounds wonderful! Like a fall day should be. Can’t wait to see your stemmy pumpkin in a picture!

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