2004 Fall Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com MAZES OF MAIZE AMAZE IN NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT LITCHFIELD, CT. -- Tackling the twists and turns of a maze cut amid fields of corn is a favorite fall adventure in Northwest Connecticut. In countryside aglow with autumn color, two enormous corn mazes await at Larson's Farm in Brookfield and Whitehollow Farm in Lime Rock. Both are guaranteed to delight all ages. This year, the chance for moonlight mazing adds to the challenge. The ingenious NASCORN maze at Larson's Farm Market is a giant puzzle covering nine acres. It features four miles of trails inspired by NASCAR fans, with a racecar design cut into the center. Maze mavens learn that the day before the big race, their car has been sabotaged and is missing ten parts. Clues planted through the maze help solve the mystery. Once the parts have been found, "Pit Row" provides a resting place with beverages and snacks available. A separate one-acre mini-maze is just right for practice and for younger visitors. The Farm Market sells Larson's famous sweet corn as well as fruits and vegetables of the season, jams, honey and relishes. Larson's is located at 401 Federal Road (Route 133) off Route 7 in Brookfield. The corn maze is open weekends only through early November, from 10am - 6pm. and on holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday night moonlight maze in Sept., Fri. & Sat. in Oct. Admission is $9.75, $7.50 for seniors and children under age 13. For information, phone 203-740-2790 or check the web site, www.larsonsfarmmarket.com MAIZE BY MOONLIGHT Moonlight outings when visitors can bring flashlights for an eerie adventure amid the tall corn are a special feature at Whitehollow Farm, where the amazing Corn Maze covers a full 11 acres. The giant pattern was designed, planted and harvested by Allen Cockerline of Falls Village, drawing on his 25 years of experience as a farmer. Unlike many commercial mazes designed by computer, Cockerline came up with his own patterns of circles, triangles and wavy lines and created them with traditional farm tools from a six-row planter behind a huge tractor to the humble hoe. "This whole thing started out as a visual puzzle for my own enjoyment and curiosity," he says. "We have a great time creating this and have found the enjoyment others get from it very rewarding. Families in particular seem to have a great time doing this." The farm also offers a prize crop of Halloween pumpkins, as well as late sweet corn, raspberries and unique ornamentals. Visitors needing stamina will find cookies from Freund's Farm bakery and beverages available. White Hollow Farm is located at the intersection of Routes 112 and 7 in Lime Rock. The maize maze is open weekends and Monday holidays through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and selected weekends and Friday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8.00 per person. For information, phone 860-435-0382 or check the web site www.cornmazewhitehollowfarm. Both maize adventures may be closed if the weather does not cooperate, and a call ahead is strongly advised before making a trip. For more autumn adventures and to receive a free guide to the region, including lodging and maps, contact the Northwest Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield CT 06759-0968, 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at www.northwestct.com. Note to editors: Photo available via e-mail.