Rachel Trettin knows corn mazes. She's been running one almost continuously since she graduated from Daniel Boone High School.
Today, the 29-year-old mother of two has just launched The Gilbertsville Farm Corn Maze, complete with hay rides, farm animals and a children's play area. It's at 1200 County Line Road, near Gilbertsville, in Douglass Township, Montgomery County.
"Most corn mazes take 10 to 15 minutes," Trettin said. "We wanted it to be more of an experience."
Typically, the object at a corn maze is to find the exit. Here, with a theme of "Down on the Farm," the goal is to find 15 game pieces as groups work their way through the maze, which features a barn and silo design.
Visitors build their map as they go, arriving at boxes stationed around the maze to find a picture that matches a picture on their game sheets. Each group carries a 6-foot-tall flag that they can wave if they need help. It takes most groups about an hour to complete the maze.
"We want to offer something wholesome, that's not scary," Trettin said.
"My dad recently bought two farms, and we've renovated two farmhouses and built the corn maze by hand to be ready for this fall," said Trettin, who ran a corn maze in the Pottstown area for four years.
Then she and her husband, Sam, 29, moved to Gilbertsville and started their family.
After two full weekends of being open, Trettin estimated about 350 people have been through the maze.
The corn maze is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12 per person, free for ages 2 and under. A 30-minute hay ride is an extra $3. Jogging strollers are recommended. After dark, visitors should bring flashlights.
Trettin also holds corn maze events for youth groups so churches can share the gospel. She expects the maze to be open through mid-November. For more information, find them on Facebook or visit TheGilbertsvilleFarm.com.