A sure sign that Fall is just around the corner is that it is time for the Fritzler Corn Maze to open. The corn maze has become a popular form of family entertainment. Corn mazes like the Fritzler Maze that have incorporated a scary, night time, ‘fright version’ have become extremely popular with young adults.
The Fritzler Corn Maze in La Salle, Colo., is the original corn maze in Northern Colorado. Now in its 13th year, the Fritzler Maze gets bigger and better every year. There are 15 acres of the Fritzler family farm dedicated to the Corn Maze. The Pumpkin Patch and the rest of the activities have grown to over 60 acres.
The Fritzler Maze began in 2000 when Glen and Pam Fritzler were convinced that they had the perfect location south of La Salle on Highway 85 to have a corn maze. The Fritzler family has been in the corn maze business for 13 years now and their corn maze had more than 20,000 visitors last year.
The themes for the intricate designs of the Fritzler Maze through the years since its beginning in 2000, have been imaginative and mostly have illustrated the Fritzler’s patriotism or the fact that they are huge fans of the Denver Broncos. It comes as no surprise that the design for this year’s Maze is the Broncos newest quarterback, Payton Manning.
“I was actually going to do Tim Tebow at first. I was watching a football game and Tim knelt down and was handing a football off to a young boy with cancer and the moment I saw that I said that’s my maze for next year,” said Glen Fritzler. “I was able to find that photo and send it to the corporation that makes our mazes. We had the maze all designed and ready to cut out and the Broncos traded him and brought Payton Manning in. I wasn’t a huge fan of Payton, until I realized the reason I wasn’t a fan, was that he always beat Denver.”
The maze will challenge anyone who enters it. There is one entrance and one exit. In between there are over two miles of twists, turns and dead ends. The average person that enters the Fritzler Maze will wander for over an hour looking for the one and only exit.
One of the most common questions the folks at the Fritzler Corn Maze get asked is “What if I get lost?” That is part of the fun, but, at the beginning of your visit you have the option of taking a “passport.” The 10 questions on the passport will help you make your way through the maze. If you get hopelessly lost, there are a number of guides walking through the maze that will get you back on the right track.
“We design the maze on a computer and then use grid maps to make the pattern. One line on the grid map represents one row of corn on the grid map. When the corn is still fairly young, we put out flags as guide lines, and start cutting away.” Fritzler continued, “That’s what we call it. We actually remove the corn with a herbicide. It takes about five days to cut the pattern.”
It is only from the air that you can really see how intricate the design of the corn maze is, and fortunately, tickets will be sold on Sundays for helicopter rides. The helicopter rides are just part of a huge assortment of fun activities. Additional activities include the Pedal Go-Carts, Jumping Pillows, Corn and Pumpkin Cannons, Camp Fires, Vertigo and Slide Mountain.
The Fritzler family is constantly adding new attractions to the Corn Maze. “Our newest thing is our school buses that are customized with 36 paintball guns hanging out of the windows and we are going to be going into the corn fields shooting targets and zombies and escaped prisoners,” said Glen Fritzler. “I think it is going to be the hit of the year. We went and we did it ourselves the other night and we shot 22,000 rounds. There was about 15 of us and we shot 22,000 paintballs. We couldn’t quit. It was addicting.”
“We are beyond excited about this event. We are going to load up 36 people in a custom school bus that we have turned into either a zombie slayer or an Alcorntraz Prison bus,” said Glen Fritzler. “We are going into this second cornfield and during the daytime were going to shoot at mostly targets, with maybe a few zombies and escaped prisoners. At night we are going to be using glow-in-the-dark paintballs and we are going to be shooting mostly and zombies and escaped prisoners.”
“We are going to be shooting something like 4 million paintballs out there. We bought a paint that dissolves very quickly,” said Glen Fritzler. “We special ordered them for the glow-in-the-dark and specified that they dissolve very quickly so that they would be environmentally friendly, because we’re going to have thousands of gallons of paint out there.”
The Fritzler Corn Maze is a fun event that both families and young adults look forward to every year. The Corn Maze opens September 15 and runs through October 31. Scream Acres is the night time haunted attraction and is filled with special effects, mechanical engineering, and eerie sound technology. Scream Acres is not to be missed and it opens on September 28.
For more information on discount packages, contact The Fritzler Corn Maze at (970) 737-2199 or visit their web page at www.FritzlerMaze.com. ❖
“I was actually going to do Tim Tebow at first. I was watching a football game and Tim knelt down and was handing a football off to a young boy with cancer and the moment I saw that I said that’s my maze for next year,. I was able to find that photo and send it to the corporation that makes our mazes. We had the maze all designed and ready to cut out and the Broncos traded him and brought Payton Manning in. I wasn’t a huge fan of Payton, until I realized the reason I wasn’t a fan, was that he always beat Denver.”