Monday, September 14, 2009

"Get Lost at Robinettes" this Autumn as you explore their new Corn Maize!

With no UFO sightings reported in Michigan this year, the mystery remains as to how an extraterrestrial-like design has taken shape in a Grand Rapids cornfield, bringing the maze craze to the Peninsula State. The Robinette's Apple Haus family unraveled the mystery when they opened the area’s first MAiZE, an intricate network of twists and turns carved into 6½ acres of corn, on September 8.

The Robinettes and maze designer Brett Herbst – the world’s leading designer of 600+ corn mazes worldwide – hope to challenge the wits of those seeking to find the one exit from their mind-boggling puzzle – a unique source of good farmin’ fun for adults and children alike. Though the correct pathway can be walked in about 25 minutes, most wandering maze-goers will require about one hour to travel through more than three miles of twists, turns and decision points. As a tribute to its location, the maze is designed in the shape of and apple and says, “Get Lost at Robinettes”. The MAIZE will give Michigan residents the change to “get lost” now through Oct. 30. Hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday, starting at 11am with the last entry at 5pm; Friday, starting at 11am with the last entry 8pm; Saturday starting at 10am with the last entry 8pm, and Sunday starting at Noon with the last entry 5pm. Weekday field trip hours are available by reservation.

Ways to Enjoy the MAiZE In an effort to ensure that the MAiZE experience offers something for everyone, the public will find a variety of ways to experience the maze: Open both day and evening, The MAiZE caters to school field trips during the day and has created discounted field trip opportunities for groups of 15 or more and an agricultural “passport” that integrates education into the maze experience and helps guide students along the correct pathway. A series of “passports” are available for church groups, girl and boy scouts, corporate groups and the general public. Each containing ten questions that quiz the user on one of a variety of subjects, those who answer the questions correctly will receive clues that guide them along the correct path to the exit. The MAiZE is a great activity for birthday parties, corporate outings, and group rivalries.

Other things at Robinette’s are horse-drawn hayrides on the weekends, ice cream, fresh donuts, apples, Michigan-made food & gifts, local artwork, lunches, mountain bike trails, and wine tasting.

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