One West Texas Farmer with an A-Maze-ing Crop - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/21/03

One West Texas Farmer with an A-Maze-ing Crop

James Simpson has been farming for 13 years. And out of all the crops he's grown, the most amazing one is his corn crop; literally. For the third year in a row, Simpson has turned his corn field into a giant maze.

"The maze is 12 acres this year. It's the same size as in the past. And in just three years, his maze has drawn almost 50,000 visitors from all over the state," says James Simpson, farmer and designer of "The Maze".

"We had a great year the first year. We had 20,000 people come through the maze," says Simpson.

And each year it gets bigger and better and more mind-boggling. Simpson designs each maze himself. This year's design is a tribute to our lone star state. And even though getting from north Texas to south Texas may look easy, think again, repeat visitors say this maze is the most challenging ever.

Visitors say getting through the maze by yourself is next to impossible. Now they're relying on maps like this one throughout the course and answering a questionnaire that will give them hints on where to go.

"It took us two to two and a half hours. Well the first year it took us three, so it's improvement," says maze goer, Jennifer Frerick.

The dozens of twists and turns can put anyone in a tail spin, even the farmer who designed it.

"I have been through it, but I don't know all of it but I have been through it," says Simpson.

Despite the fun of getting yourself lost in a 12 acre corn field, Simpson says his goal in this project is to make learning about agriculture fun for everyone.

"It's new to a lot of people that have different occupations than have been in town or just drive by you know so many of them may live out in the country but just drive by farms and really don't have an idea of what's going on so it's been fun for us to present it that way," says Simpson.

Simpson will harvest his maze at the end of November and donate all the corn to Texas Tech as feed for their livestock. The maze is open daily to the public until November 29th. For more information on the maze you can call 632-5594 .

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