Corn Maze: Four miles of trails through a 10-acre corn field

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    "It's the only job I've ever had; I have no complaints, thank you. That doesn't happen very often." Pat Schaefers and her family raise cattle and grow rice, wheat, soybeans, corn and hay on their Faulkner County property.

    Six years ago, the Schaefers' farm cut a maze into one of their cornfields, and ever since, the crowds have cut a path to their door.

    The maze is designed on computer by a man in Missouri. The design is then given GPS coordinates that line up in the field.

    Pat Schaefers explains, "We plant the corn in mid July. And he comes in about mid August and cuts the trails out with the light system, the GPS light system. And then we keep it mowed down until we open."

    Mazes became popular in the gardens of the finest castles of 18th century Europe, a way to entertain the kings and princesses.
    Today, it's a good way for city folk to get out of town, breath some fresh air, and walk all or part of about 4 miles of trails.

    "Time with the family just running around in circles. The kids really love it so it's really fun to get them out here." Christy and Todd Jackson are making the maze a fall family tradition, though two-year-old Tyler and little brother, Caleb, may be a little young to remember this year's trip.

    "It's always good to get the kids outdoors. They love it," says Todd.

    "And this is something they don't see in the city, a tractor and horses and hay bails everywhere," adds Christy.

    So what do you do if you get lost in the maze? Well that's what the red flags are for. You just hold this up in the air and wave it around and Mrs. Schaefers will send in one of her grandsons to help get you out of the maze.

    Of course, then you have to explain how you couldn't find your way out, but a six-year-old saved you.

    Across the road, the Collins family farm features a pumpkin patch and hayrides down to the river. It's old fashioned fun. And yet it's not so surprising that here in the Natural State, the simple things can still draw a crowd.

    Take a trip through the Schaefers Family Corn Maze. It just might leave you Amazed by Arkansas.

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