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New corn maze near Hudson may be largest in the world

Bill Jackson
Greeley, Colo.

For the Fence Post

HUDSON – There’s a new attraction on the Weld County Agritourism scene, and it may be the largest in the world.

Kevin and Heather Willard of Hudson, and owners of W-Spur Hay Co., have opened the Wild West Corn Maze east of Hudson in southeast Weld. Its theme celebrates America’s Western heritage, but that’s only part of the story.

It covers almost 50 acres.

And that’s just the maze, well, actually six mazes in one cornfield.

There’s also a petting zoo with alpacas, llamas, a horse, lowline cattle – the miniature version of the Angus breed – fainting goats, sheep, pigs, Longhorn cattle and miniature donkeys. There’s also a pumpkin patch, hay maze and pyramid, and something called a zipline that vaults participants into the air while attached to a 45-foot elastic cable.

“I haven’t been able to get the goats to faint, so I’m not sure what’s going on with them,” Heather said. She’s in charge of feeding and caring for the animals in the petting zoo.

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The Willards are awaiting word on whether the maze will go into the Guinness World Records book as the largest of its kind and hope to have that confirmed by the end of the week.

“We’re pretty sure we’re going to make it,” Kevin said. “We wanted something productive that would keep us involved in agriculture.”

He started in the hay business in 1984 and now farms about 500 acres of the crop, as well as doing some custom harvesting and baling in southeast Weld. But, he said, he and his wife have been thinking of starting a new venture related to agriculture for the last couple of years, spurred in part by a concern for the availability of irrigation water. That availability has grown tighter and tighter in recent years, brought on by the drought that signaled the start of the 2000s and the curtailment, if not complete shutdown, of several irrigation wells along the South Platte River.

“People have been after us to start a corn maze for the past couple of years, so we finally decided to do it this year,” Kevin said. The farm’s headquarters where the maze is located, is on the north side of Interstate 76 about a mile east of Hudson. That puts it about 30 minutes from downtown Denver.

They contacted Kyle Ostrand, a Nebraska farm native, who has staged Heaven Fest, a Christian music gathering, for the past three years. He is now operations director of the new entertainment center at Hudson, and he and the Willards plan to add live concerts in coming years. This year’s Heaven Fest, a one-day event near Longmont, drew 27,000 people, Ostrand said.

Ostrand contacted an Idaho company to cut this year’s Western, agricultural-themed maze, into the cornfield.

“I think we’re on the right track. We had a pretty good weekend our first weekend, so we’re hoping things will pick up the rest of the month,” Kevin said.

HUDSON – There’s a new attraction on the Weld County Agritourism scene, and it may be the largest in the world.

Kevin and Heather Willard of Hudson, and owners of W-Spur Hay Co., have opened the Wild West Corn Maze east of Hudson in southeast Weld. Its theme celebrates America’s Western heritage, but that’s only part of the story.

It covers almost 50 acres.

And that’s just the maze, well, actually six mazes in one cornfield.

There’s also a petting zoo with alpacas, llamas, a horse, lowline cattle – the miniature version of the Angus breed – fainting goats, sheep, pigs, Longhorn cattle and miniature donkeys. There’s also a pumpkin patch, hay maze and pyramid, and something called a zipline that vaults participants into the air while attached to a 45-foot elastic cable.

“I haven’t been able to get the goats to faint, so I’m not sure what’s going on with them,” Heather said. She’s in charge of feeding and caring for the animals in the petting zoo.

The Willards are awaiting word on whether the maze will go into the Guinness World Records book as the largest of its kind and hope to have that confirmed by the end of the week.

“We’re pretty sure we’re going to make it,” Kevin said. “We wanted something productive that would keep us involved in agriculture.”

He started in the hay business in 1984 and now farms about 500 acres of the crop, as well as doing some custom harvesting and baling in southeast Weld. But, he said, he and his wife have been thinking of starting a new venture related to agriculture for the last couple of years, spurred in part by a concern for the availability of irrigation water. That availability has grown tighter and tighter in recent years, brought on by the drought that signaled the start of the 2000s and the curtailment, if not complete shutdown, of several irrigation wells along the South Platte River.

“People have been after us to start a corn maze for the past couple of years, so we finally decided to do it this year,” Kevin said. The farm’s headquarters where the maze is located, is on the north side of Interstate 76 about a mile east of Hudson. That puts it about 30 minutes from downtown Denver.

They contacted Kyle Ostrand, a Nebraska farm native, who has staged Heaven Fest, a Christian music gathering, for the past three years. He is now operations director of the new entertainment center at Hudson, and he and the Willards plan to add live concerts in coming years. This year’s Heaven Fest, a one-day event near Longmont, drew 27,000 people, Ostrand said.

Ostrand contacted an Idaho company to cut this year’s Western, agricultural-themed maze, into the cornfield.

“I think we’re on the right track. We had a pretty good weekend our first weekend, so we’re hoping things will pick up the rest of the month,” Kevin said.