The soybean maze at Cornucopia Farm is designed in the shape of a tractor. The farm has hosted a soybean maze for 10 years.
The soybean maze at Cornucopia Farm is designed in the shape of a tractor. The farm has hosted a soybean maze for 10 years.
SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — When it comes to turning a field of corn into an intricate design for a corn maze, it all starts with a design.

Linda Baird, co-owner of Cornucopia Farm in southern Indiana, drew the design for this year’s corn and soybean mazes by hand.

To celebrate 15 years in the corn maze business, the design is in the shape of 15 pumpkins. The soybean field is 10 years old and features a tractor design.

“The designing probably takes the longest time,” Baird said. “It takes a long time to figure out what I want to.”

Upon completion of the design, the image is scanned into a computer and coordinated with a GPS receiver.

“When we first started, we mounted a GPS receiver on a four-wheeler and drove through the corn and knocked it down, then mowed it over,” Baird explained. “Now that Michael (a family friend) has done it for so long, he just puts it (the GPS) on the lawnmowers and mows.

“He does both the corn and soybean maze. He mows it some and we mow it some to keep the weeds down.”

Baird described the corn maze as a treasure hunt in a cornfield. Trivia questions, Bible questions, farm jokes and clues are scattered around the five-acre field.

Baird said that they hope visitors leave knowing more about agriculture than when they came. The theme of the trivia this year is sweet dreams.

“All the clues have something to do with the word dream or have the word dream in the answer,” Baird said. “The 15 pumpkins represent our dream to have a farm and have it open to public for people to come and pick pumpkins.

“Everybody gets a card that they take to the maze and try to find and answer questions. Some families do it as a little competition.”

While visiting the mazes families also can enjoy a hillside slide, petting farm, observation beehive and u-pick pumpkin patch, among other attractions.

The Bairds offer 20 varieties of pumpkins, as well as gourds and squash, on their farm. One special pumpkin, the pink pumpkin, helps raise money for and awareness of breast cancer.

“This is the second year that we’ve grown pink pumpkins,” Baird said. “We donate a dollar for every pink pumpkin we sell. Part of it goes to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, the rest we donate for Relay For Life.”

The pink pumpkins are not the only charity effort at Cornucopia. The second annual Harvest of Hope walk, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, was scheduled Oct. 19.

“Following the walk there is a Taste of Harvest Brunch,” she said. “For a $5 donation, you can sample all types of fall produce — pumpkins, squash, persimmon and all the foods made from them.

“It’s to encourage people to try new things and made money for The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Because all the proceeds go toward that.”

Visit www.cornucopiafarm.com for more information on the corn maze and the farm’s nonprofit causes.