Our Farm features Stratocaster maze

Our Farm features Stratocaster maze

By Willie Kiernan


A maze is always a challenge.

"Each year I am beset with the daunting task of coming up with a new idea for our corn maze, thinking of shapes that are easily distinguishable and simple. People often ask me how I create the maze," said Jimmy Golub of Our Farm. "I have used different methods over the years, but lately I draw the shape on graph paper, and then plot the shape out in the field. I mark the boundaries and then plant the corn accordingly using the planter as a "paint brush" and the corn as "green paint."

Our Farm in Cazenovia is open from 1 to 5 p.m. October weekends and Columbus Day. They offer a variety of seasonal activities, including a horse ride, petting zoo, a large corn maze in the shape of a Stratocaster guitar.

"I put my artist friend, Laurie Selleck in the bucket of my tractor and raised it up as high as it would go so she could fine tune the layout. After getting a photo from an airplane, we adopt the maze idea as the theme for the year," Golub said. "I'm very proud of this year's creation on a few different levels. To begin with, the Stratocaster guitar is really a beautiful shape, eternally futuristic. Since it's introduction in 1954, the music that has come out of this instrument had a big impact on our culture. I've always appreciated this music and also the mastery of this instrument from players I've played with myself over the years. So I guess this maze is close to my heart."

Our Farm also features hay rides, U-Pick pumpkins, and of course Boris the giant catapult. For more information and directions visit the web site FallPumpkinFarm.com

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