POSTED: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 2:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 6:01pm
EL PASO- The first day of fall is a little more than a week away and just in time to welcome the new season, La Union Maze is opening its yearly attraction.
This year, the corn maze has the most intricate design to date. And to give you a good look, we took a plane ride with the co-owner of the maze to check out how the design turned out.
Flying 2,000 feet in the air, Lucy Sondegroth, the co-owner of La Union Maze, was excited to see how the design for this year's corn maze turned out. "The design is the Mayan calendar and the reason we picked that is because it's so intricate. It's got so many turns," said Lucy.
Pilot Mike Robinson circled the skies several times over the 12-acre piece of land to let us get a good look at the maze from every angle. "We were so surprised that everything turned out the way we planned to," said Lucy.
As we showed you back in July, work on the maze begins in the winter when they get the soil ready.
The seeds are planted in the spring and by summer when they're a foot tall, the design process begins.
By the time the maze opens, the corn is between 12-14 feet. This year marks the maze's 12th year entertaining crowds in the Borderland. Lucy wanted something that would be more challenging and she says the circles are the perfect trick.
"Whenever you do a circle and you're in there and you're lost, everything looks like where you’ve just been because of the circles, the angles," said Lucy.
The corn maze will keep you entertained for at least 45 minutes, longer if you get lost. So come prepared. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and for the mosquitos, wear a long-sleeved shirt and mosquito repellent so you don't get bitten.
Other attractions at La Union Maze include a petting zoo, a slide and jump pillow and of course, the pumpkin patch. "We have a great variety of pumpkins. Anywhere from a tiny little itty-bitty ones to 60 lbs. ones,” said Lucy.
Lucy says it's a good feeling knowing that the maze has become a fall tradition in the Borderland. "Pumpkins and the maze and the fall season and cold weather is just part of the whole ambiance and package that the maze is all about," said Lucy.
La Union Maze opens Friday September 23rd. It's open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit www.launionmaze.com