Beach­mont’s Corn Maze brings Wild West to Bal­ti­more County

Beach­mont’s Corn Maze brings Wild West to Bal­ti­more County

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HAR­LOW

For a good dose of fall fam­ily fun, be sure to take time to visit the Beach­mont Corn Maze in Kingsville. This year’s theme is the Wild West, and vis­i­tors will def­i­nitely get into the spirit as they wind their way through the six-acre in­ter­ac­tive corn maze.

As in year’s prior, the crew at Beach­mont has come up with an elab­o­rate stor yline and pro­fes­sion­ally made video to set the tone for your ad­ven­ture in the maze. The Aris­man Gang has robbed the bank in Beach Moun­tain, and they are try­ing to leave town. In the process, they kid­napped Grace, the daugh­ter of an ex-gun­slinger. Your posse has a mis­sion to res­cue the girl and help cap­ture the out­laws.

The two-mile maze is set in a gold min­ing town in Wy­oming. Fun things along the trail in­clude a Morse code ma­chine, a church bell, wagon train and the Boot Hill Ceme­tery, where cow­boys are buried so fast they still have their boots on. There are plenty of places along the trail for photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We have peo­ple telling us that this is one of their fall fam­ily tra­di­tions. We are hon­ored that peo­ple think of us and come back ev­ery year,” said Gen­eral Man­ager of the corn maze Glenn Neu­mann. “We have seen a great turnout over the years since we started the 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.

“It takes a solid ten month of prepa­ra­tion and plan­ning to pull off the corn maze each year,” said Ste­wart Walker, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at Beach­mont Chris­tian Min­istries. “It takes more than 285 vol­un­teers each sea­son to make the event hap­pen.”

In ad­di­tion to the corn maze, ad­mis­sion price in­cludes all ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a hayride (reg­u­lar or ex­treme), skee ball, gi­ant ball

slinger, rub­ber ducky race, Peb­ble Beach play box, foot­ball fol­lies, base­ball throw, corn bag toss, and a new tire pyra­mid.

“The tire pyra­mid took us a re­ally long time and ef­fort to con­struct,” said Walker. “But it was nice to re­pur­pose things that would have nor­mally ended up in a land­fill, and it’s been a re­ally nice ad­di­tion here – the kids love it. It def­i­nitely boils down to fall fam­ily fun.”

The corn maze is di­vided into four sec­tions, and each one plays a spe­cial part in find­ing the out­laws. Be sure to ex­plore the se­cret pas­sage­ways along the maze for spe­cial sur­prises, and keep an eye out for your fa­vorite Sher­iff.

If you hap­pen to get lost, you can wave your white flag to call for help, and you will be quickly guided back on track or to the near­est exit. Ac­cord­ing to Neu­mann, the maze should take 45 min­utes to an hour to com­plete.

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. It needed to be cut reg­u­larly be­fore the sea­son started.

This is the eighth year that Beach­mont has op­er­ated the corn maze on its prop­erty. Past themes in­clude Pi­rates, 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. There’s also an open air pri­vate party area with lights in the corn field, and guests can rent the space for pri­vate get­to­geth­ers.

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.

6433 Mount Vista Road, Kingsville, Mar yland 21087 Open through Novem­ber 3 Wed­nes­day-Fri­day: 9AM-3PM (ad­vanced reser­va­tions re­quired)

Satur­day: 11AM-10PM (maze closes 4:45PM-6PM but all other ac­tiv­i­ties re­main open)

Fri­day & Satur­day Flash­light Night: 6PM-10PM

Pub­lic School Hol­i­days — Septem­ber 19 & Oc­to­ber 19: 11AM6PM

Sun­day, Mon­day & Tues­day: CLOSED

Ad­mis­sion: $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.

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