A-maize-ing Mazes & Pirates
Beachmont’ s Corn Maze is all about Bea pirat es
S hiver me timbers! Nothing says fall family fun like a visit to the Beachmont Corn Maze in Kingsville. Grab your eye patch and plastic sword and get ready to search for buried treasure in Beachmont’s six-acre interactive corn maze.
While the maze is an adventure by day, you can also try to find your way around the more than two miles of pathways in the dark during Flashlight Nights every Friday and Saturday. After the maze, visitors can warm up around the bonfire.
The corn maze divided into four sections, each named after a famous pirate: Long John Silver, Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook and Blackbeard. In each of the sections, which are designated by different colors, visitors will need to search for clues such as the pirate flag, ship wheel, treasure map and the rope bridge to get to the buried treasure. Be sure to explore the secret passageways along the maze for special surprises, and keep an eye out for your favorite pirates.
Every year, Beachmont creates a grand new entrance to the corn maze, and this year is no exception.
“This year we got all of our wood from Second Chance in Baltimore City. They allowed us to go through their scrap pile to get wood for the ship we wanted to build at the entrance,” said General Manager of the corn maze Glenn Neumann. “So it was fitting we named the ship the Second Chance after them.”
Second Chance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides people, materials and the environment with a second chance. They deconstruct buildings and homes, salvage usable materials and make those available to the public for reuse.
After entering the Second Chance, visitors will watch a professionally produced video that will explain the quest for the buried treasure and the pirate code that must be followed in the maze. No worries if you get lost, because you can wave your white flag to call on the Maze Masters who will quickly guide you back on track or take you to the nearest exit. According to Neumann, the maze should take 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
In addition to the corn maze, admission price includes all activities, including a hayride, pirate ship playground, inflatable jousting, skee ball, giant ball slinger, rubber ducky race, straw bale maze, Pebble Beach play box, football follies, baseball throw and corn bag toss.
Pumpkins and seasonal concessions, such as cider, hot chocolate, pretzels, burgers and other snacks, are available. You can even purchase items to make s’mores in the fire pit.
To create the maze, the corn was planted in June, and a week and a half after planting when the corn was one to three feet high, Beachmont cut the corn maze using special
GPS technology. This past July, the corn maze was hit hard by a hail storm that did some damage to the corn and the pumpkin patch, but they were able to salvage the maze.
This is the seventh year that Beachmont has operated the corn maze on its property. Last year the maze brought more than 15,000 visitors. Past themes include Sherwood Forest, Star Wars and Superheroes. During the week, Beachmont hosts school field trips, scout troops, birthday parties, sports teams, churches, youth groups, homeschool groups, and cooperate groups.
“This year we have had about 30 different special needs groups,” said Neumann. “We bring in extra volunteers and take special care of the guests.”
Proceeds from the corn maze help support Beachmont Christian Ministries. Ministries include bible study, Summer Family Nights, Summer Teen Nights, a prayer ministry and a live nativity. Beachmont also runs a summer camp for 1,800 children each year and various sports and other activities such as dodge ball throughout the year. For more information, go to www.beachmont.org.
Beachmont Corn Maze
6433 Mount Vista Road, Kingsville, Maryland 21087 Open through November 4 Wednesday-Friday: 9AM3PM (advanced reservations required)
Saturday 11AM-10PM: (maze closes 5PM-6PM but all other activities remain open)
Friday & Saturday Flashlight Night: 6PM-10PM
Public School Holiday: October 20
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
$11 for all participants ages 3 and over, while children 2 and under are admitted for free. Military and senior citizen discounts are available upon presentation of identification. Anyone 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For more information, go to http://www.beachmont. org/corn-maze-2/.