SYRACUSE — Come get lost in the maze.
Black Island Farms, Utah’s largest corn maze, started its regular Harvest Festival hours this past weekend with a set of mazes that offer a lighthearted look at the fall season. In addition to the mazes, the farm includes a variety of other fall attractions that helps keep the farm going strong throughout the rest of the year.
“A lot of developers have tried to buy our land,” Dorathy Law, whose family does the mazes every year, told the Clipper. “But we want to keep it open space.”
This year’s mazes feature a race between Team Turkey and Team Pig, with each designed for different skill levels. Elsewhere on the property, the corn has been shaped into a message with the words “Cultivate Kindness.”
The Laws cross-plant the corn so it forms a grid pattern, then designs the mazes so they follow a grid pattern as well. People then walk through the field with backpack sprayers using sports field paint, counting out their steps and spraying the design into life.
The mazes change every year, with previous mazes celebrating working farmers, the state of Utah, and characters from the “Twilight” movie series.
“It’s so hard to pick a new maze design,” said Law.
The festival also offers several other attractions in addition to the mazes, including Nightmare Acres, the Courtyard, and Harvest Hayride. The Courtyard has a variety of activities, including a petting zoo, straw slide, bounce house and more. The Harvest Hayride, which runs Friday through Monday, includes one free pumpkin that kids can pick for themselves from the pumpkin patch.
Nightmare Acres, a haunted section of the farms that includes both indoor and outdoor attractions, is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Law said that the attraction is firmly divided from the rest of the activities, so kids who are too young to handle it don’t accidentally wander inside.
“I don’t want little kids coming here to get scared,” she said. “That’s horrible.”
Each of the attractions can be purchased individually, though the Courtyard is included for free as part of the ticket to the mazes ($11 for adults, and $9 for children ages 3-12). There are also combo tickets available – the Corn Mazes/Courtyard and Harvest Hayride ($16 for adults and $11 for children) and the Corn Mazes/Courtyard combo and Nightmare Acres ($20 for both kids and adults).
“People think it’s a lot of money, but then they come here and see how much we have to offer,” said Law.
Black Island Farms is located at 3178 S. 3000 West in Syracuse. The Harvest Festival will be open every day from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31, with its Monday-Thursday hours running from 4-10 p.m. The festival is open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.