A new fall tradition
Eye of the Tiger maze at Shryocks Callaway Farms
by Bob McEowen
In recent years
a new tradition has been added to the usual fall line-up of pumpkin
carving, apple bobbing and hay rides. As Kristen and Laura Stinson of
Kingdom City, right, have found, corn mazes have earned their place
among autumn's favorites.
Thanks to computers and high-tech, satellite-based global positioning
systems it is now possible to accurately cut elaborate mazes into crop
fields. And farmers have quickly learned that tourism often yields a
better return per acre than corn.
One of the more interesting mazes in the state this year is at Shryocks
Callaway Farms, east of Columbia. Located along the north side of Interstate
70, the farm is between the Millersburg and Hatton exits.
bought the rights to use the University of Missouri Tiger sports logo
in their maze design. Although many farmers use professional services
for corn mazes, the Shryocks designed their own maze in which visitors
try to make their way to the eye of the tiger.
The 7-acre maze features more than three miles of passages. In addition
to the maze, the farm offers a tack shop and a large seed test plot.
The Eye of the Tiger maze at Shryocks Callaway Farms is open from 2
p.m through dusk, Thursday through Sunday, until the end of October.
Admission is $6 per person. Kids ages 3-10 are $5. The little tykes
are free. The maze is also available for groups by appointment.
For more information visit Shryocks Callaway Farms on the Web at
call (573) 592-0191.