by Lisa Tome
If you're a history buff, fan of agriculture, or someone who just likes fall fun, the 2014 corn maze at Kilby Cream is right for you.
But don't forget your map.
The maze, which celebrates the 200th birthday of "The Star Spangled Banner" opened earlier this month. It takes approximately 45 minutes to navigate the maze which features a flag, stars, and more.
"I saw last year that this year is the 200th anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner". It's just a good thing to do," said Phyllis Kilby of Kilby Cream. "We've done the corn maze for at least nine years. It's a fun activity for the family."
With each maze map comes a series of a dozen questions, which are history lessons. Everyone who answers the questions correctly and turns in their answers receives a free pint of ice cream.
This year, the maze has a spin off. A children's maze, which is about three tenths of a mile, has been added. Kilby explained this is geared to children approximately 3-6 years old. The cost for the small maze is $2 for children. Adults providing accompaniment are admitted free.
The maze, which attracts both parties and school groups, brings about 2,000 people to the farm each year. Kilby said that fall parties, which include the corn maze, a hayride, and bonfire, are also popular with adults as well as children and teens. "We get a lot of scout troops," she said.
Kilby said that people come from all over to visit the corn maze. She recently spotted tags in her parking lot from as far away as Missouri, Michigan, and Georgia. Social media and the internet have helped boost attendance.
Kilby Cream is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. The corn maze is open during daylight hours. Admission cost is $7 for those ages 10 and up. Children ages 3-9 cost $5. Two and under are admitted free.