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Pumpkinville corn maze celebrates 50 years of family fun

GREAT VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) - With corn stalks reaching high above your head, it's easy to get turned around in any corn maze.

But when you see the big picture at Pumpkinville, it's easier to see where you're going, and to see where Pumpkinville has been.

The theme of this year's maze is Celebrating 50 Years of Family Fun.

"How neat can it be? 50 whole years of this," marveled Dan Pawlowski, the so-called "Mayor of Pumpkinville". "Many of the traditional things that people always took pictures of for generations, they’re still here."

Even for corn maze veterans, this year's challenge at Pumpkinville is a little more challenging than usual.

"Five stations to go through in there," Pawlowski noted. "And probably plan on 45 minutes or so to get through our maze."

A lot of people have been putting in that time this year. The Pumpkinville corn maze is a tradition a lot of people love.

"They just do. I think that they kind of feel a little bit lost and they can look up and see the sky and maybe look for a spot. But it’s a big big hit, the corn maze this year," Pawlowski said.

Work starts in the spring to get the six-acre corn maze site ready for the crowds, with the Pawlowski family planting the corn in mid-May.

Then, when the corn is a foot high, a company from Utah comes to grid out the field and cut the paths according to that year's design.

"Two years ago, we chosen by the Peanuts organization to honor the 50th anniversary of It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," Pawlowski recalled. "We were one of ten farms in the whole country that got chosen to do that."

Last year, Universal came to the farm to make Curious George the star of the show.

This year, Pumpkinville itself is in the spotlight.

At the end of the season, another farmer will combine the field to harvest the corn to feed his livestock.

In the meantime, you can enjoy a trip through the Pumpkinville corn maze through October 31st.

The wide pathways give plenty of space for strollers to get through, but Pawlowski warns, with the wet weather we've seen this fall, you should be ready for a little mud. Don't wear your fanciest shoes!

To learn more about everything you can do at Pumpkinville this year, click here.

 


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