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Renfrew visitors cut through maize

September 08, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, which makes it hard to see if one happens to be standing in the middle of a 4-acre field.

The corn maze at Renfrew Park is open again with a new layout designed to befuddle those who take the challenge of getting from point "A" to point "B" the hard way. On a scaffolding in the middle of the maze, however, Roy Struble was perched Sunday, ready to give directions to the hopelessly lost.

"I love the view up here," said Struble, shielded from the September sun by a large parasol.

Down below, some volunteers were familiarizing themselves with the circuitous path using maps. It still took them about half an hour to negotiate the maize maze.

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"There are a lot of dead ends," Tracy Holliday, assistant director of Renfrew Institute, said after emerging from the corn. "We didn't get to all the circles."

The design includes several crop circles as part of the Celestial Crop Circles Stamp Game, said Andrea Struble, whose husband was up in the tower. Visitors who rubber-stamp their sheets at all the circles within the labyrinth are eligible for a prize drawing, said Struble, director of public relations for Renfrew Institute.

Dr. Garrett Blanchet was assisted by Waynesboro Area Senior High School student Allan Freeman in drafting this year's design, Andrea Struble said. Blanchet has been designing the layouts since the maze began in 1998, she said.

"It's designed to be logic-defying," Andrea Struble said.

It defied the logic of the first three visitors Sunday, she said. A woman and three children were still winding their way through the corn two hours after they entered.

"We finally had to send someone in after them," Struble said.

The maze opened Saturday with about 50 visitors and will remain open on weekends through Sunday, Oct. 31. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. There is a smaller maze for the very young, Struble said.

The maze is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and it also will be open from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, she said. Struble recommended participants brings flashlights for the nighttime tours.

Those taking part in The Great Haunted Farm event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 7 to Oct. 9 at Renfrew also can tackle the maze at night. Tickets for that event are $8 in advance and $9 at the door, and go on sale Sept. 15, Struble said.

Also on the Renfrew calendar is the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. It features refreshments, live music, scarecrow-making, the corn maze and other attractions.

Proceeds from the maze benefit the Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum, Struble said.

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