Many people believe there is nothing north of Chicago, but in Spring Grove, Illinois, a village approximately an hour’s drive away, is Richardson Adventure Farm. You can imagine the eyerolls of the folks from Washington and NYC over having a good time close to Milwaukee. While the Richardson farm grows crops it also sprouts a fall playground for folks from the city and the country. There in Spring Grove they have the largest corn maze in the world. The corn maze trail stretches 10 miles long and spans over a 28-acre area. This is just not curvy slots in the stalks but a well planned, artistically designed and technologically grown corn maze that changes every year. In addition to the maze, the “farm” offers other activities such as pumpkin picking, hayrides, zip lines, barn rentals, a giant slide and big swings. Country entertainment for children of all ages as you can see in the video below.
The maze shows off the state of farm technology today. The family creates the design that you see in the picture above over the winter and then they digitize it and load the map into software that guides the planting machines to grow the corn in rows to follow the design. So the corn stalks grow up in place for the Fall fun. “After the corn is around 4’ tall, we rototill the trails with our own tractor to smooth the lines of the trails and leave nice smooth walking trails.” This season, the farm celebrates the 60th anniversary of James Bond, creating an intricate maze that paints a picture viewable from the air of Agent 007 actors Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, and Pierce Brosnan, The design also features a Bond girl, a Monaco casino, and Aston Martin car driven by 007. “We are Bond fans. We love all the films,” explains George Richardson, 69, who operates the farm along with wife, Wendy, son George, and brother, Robert. “Every winter we are thinking about what the next corn maze theme will be,” he continues. “If the Chicago sports teams did something spectacular, we celebrate that because it’s popular with the customers and media. But, that didn’t happen, so we searched for anniversaries of great things. “One of our favorite mazes from the past is the Beatles maze we did in 2013, celebrating 50 years since their first recorded song, “Love, Love Me Do”—and the notes of the song were in the design.”
Amazing farm humor
A farm boy arrives late for school one day.
“Why are you late?” asks the teacher.
“I had to take the bull down to the field to mate with the cow,” explains the boy.
“Couldn’t your dad have done that?” asks the teacher.
“He could have,” replies the boy. “But I think the bull did a better job than he would have
A farmhand loses both his farm and his hand after getting into a fight with his dad over politics…
…would be a really bad but accurate way to describe the plot of Star Wars.
Interviewer: “Congratulations on winning the $140 million dollar Powerball lottery.”
Farmer: “Thank you.”
Interviewer: “Do you have any special plans for spending all of that money?”
Farmer: “Nope. Not really. I’m just gonna keep farming until the lottery money is all gone.”
I’m surrounded by idiots
Unfortunately, I am currently stuck in a maze.
September 27th Birthdays
1971 – Tamara Taylor, 1972 – Gwyneth Paltrow, 1983 – Anna Camp, 1990 – Kylee Lin
1965 – Steve Kerr, 1993 – Sam Lerner, 1992 – Thomas Mann, 1947 – Meatloaf