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The 12th Annual Fritzler Corn Maize is open and better than ever

Tony Bruguiere Ft. Collins, Colo.

The weather may feel like it is still summer, but a sure sign of fall is the number of corn mazes that are beginning to open in Colorado and especially east of the Front Range. The corn maze has become a popular form of family entertainment. Corn mazes like the Fritzler Maize that have incorporated a scary, night time, ‘fright version’ have become extremely popular with young adults. Fritzler’s ‘Scream Acres’ has excellent special effects and the scariest ghouls. Scream Acres is the haunted attraction Colorado haunt-goers have enjoyed for many years, and look forward to each fall!

The Fritzler Corn Maize in La Salle, Colo., is the original corn maze in Northern Colorado. Now in its 12th year, the Fritzler Maize gets bigger and better every year. There are 50 acres of the Fritzler family farm dedicated to the Corn Maize and the Pumpkin Patch and the corn maze itself has grown to over 15 acres.

The Fritzler Maize began in 2000 when Glen and Pam Fritzler were convinced that they had the perfect location on Highway 85 to have a corn maze. The Fritzler family has been in the corn maze business for 12 years now and their corn maze had more than 20,000 visitors last year and has been featured on the Today Show.

The corn maze is only a small part of the Fritzler farm, “We are true farmers. My family has lived and farmed here since 1956 and I was born on the farm in 1957. I’m a third generation farmer here.” said Glen Fritzler, “The corn maze is a year round business. Besides the maze and the employees, there is the advertizing, vendor contracts, promotion, displays and all the rest of the paperwork. We have been building props in the shop all winter long and we are always adding or remodeling something.”

The themes for the intricate designs of the Fritzler Maize 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. This year, they enlisted the help of Face Book and social media to choose the 2011 design. “We asked for suggestions on Face Book for this year’s maze design and the most popular theme was cancer support.” said owner Glen Fritzler, “My family and I decided rather than just represent one disease, we could spotlight several causes by utilizing the awareness ribbon, and the design grew from there.”

The design is a Colorado farm field with the Rocky Mountains in the background and an Awareness Ribbon in the mountains and the words ‘Country Strong.’ The 10-foot high maze is very intricate and will challenge anyone who enters it. There is one entrance and one exit. In between there are over 2-miles of twists, turns and dead ends. The average person that enters the Fritzler Maize will wander for over and hour seeking the labyrinth’s one and only exit.

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The exact details of how a corn maze is made is a closely held secrete, but Glen Fritzler did share some generalities. The Fritzler’s are affiliated with a consulting firm in Utah that takes the Fritzler’s concept and makes the computer design that will be used to make the maze. Glen Fritzler takes the 15 acre fully planted corn field and makes it into a corn maze.

“We design the maze on a computer and then use grid maps to make the pattern. It takes 24 sheets of computer printouts 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. The paths are roto-tillered, smoothed, and packed about a week before opening day.”

From ground level the maze is a series of paths in 10-foot high corn. 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 for helicopter rides during the daylight hours. The helicopter rides are just part of a huge assortment of fun activities. Additional activities includ the Creature, Pedal Go-Carts, Jumping Pillows, Corn and Pumpkin Cannons, Camp Fires, Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo.

If you want to know more about the Fritzler Corn Maize, please call them at (970) 737-2129 or visit their web sites at http://www.FritzlerMaze.com or http://www.ScreamAcres.com. v

The weather may feel like it is still summer, but a sure sign of fall is the number of corn mazes that are beginning to open in Colorado and especially east of the Front Range. The corn maze has become a popular form of family entertainment. Corn mazes like the Fritzler Maize that have incorporated a scary, night time, ‘fright version’ have become extremely popular with young adults. Fritzler’s ‘Scream Acres’ has excellent special effects and the scariest ghouls. Scream Acres is the haunted attraction Colorado haunt-goers have enjoyed for many years, and look forward to each fall!

The Fritzler Corn Maize in La Salle, Colo., is the original corn maze in Northern Colorado. Now in its 12th year, the Fritzler Maize gets bigger and better every year. There are 50 acres of the Fritzler family farm dedicated to the Corn Maize and the Pumpkin Patch and the corn maze itself has grown to over 15 acres.

The Fritzler Maize began in 2000 when Glen and Pam Fritzler were convinced that they had the perfect location on Highway 85 to have a corn maze. The Fritzler family has been in the corn maze business for 12 years now and their corn maze had more than 20,000 visitors last year and has been featured on the Today Show.

The corn maze is only a small part of the Fritzler farm, “We are true farmers. My family has lived and farmed here since 1956 and I was born on the farm in 1957. I’m a third generation farmer here.” said Glen Fritzler, “The corn maze is a year round business. Besides the maze and the employees, there is the advertizing, vendor contracts, promotion, displays and all the rest of the paperwork. We have been building props in the shop all winter long and we are always adding or remodeling something.”

The themes for the intricate designs of the Fritzler Maize 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. This year, they enlisted the help of Face Book and social media to choose the 2011 design. “We asked for suggestions on Face Book for this year’s maze design and the most popular theme was cancer support.” said owner Glen Fritzler, “My family and I decided rather than just represent one disease, we could spotlight several causes by utilizing the awareness ribbon, and the design grew from there.”

The design is a Colorado farm field with the Rocky Mountains in the background and an Awareness Ribbon in the mountains and the words ‘Country Strong.’ The 10-foot high maze is very intricate and will challenge anyone who enters it. There is one entrance and one exit. In between there are over 2-miles of twists, turns and dead ends. The average person that enters the Fritzler Maize will wander for over and hour seeking the labyrinth’s one and only exit.

The exact details of how a corn maze is made is a closely held secrete, but Glen Fritzler did share some generalities. The Fritzler’s are affiliated with a consulting firm in Utah that takes the Fritzler’s concept and makes the computer design that will be used to make the maze. Glen Fritzler takes the 15 acre fully planted corn field and makes it into a corn maze.

“We design the maze on a computer and then use grid maps to make the pattern. It takes 24 sheets of computer printouts 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. The paths are roto-tillered, smoothed, and packed about a week before opening day.”

From ground level the maze is a series of paths in 10-foot high corn. 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 for helicopter rides during the daylight hours. The helicopter rides are just part of a huge assortment of fun activities. Additional activities includ the Creature, Pedal Go-Carts, Jumping Pillows, Corn and Pumpkin Cannons, Camp Fires, Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo.

If you want to know more about the Fritzler Corn Maize, please call them at (970) 737-2129 or visit their web sites at http://www.FritzlerMaze.com or http://www.ScreamAcres.com. v

The weather may feel like it is still summer, but a sure sign of fall is the number of corn mazes that are beginning to open in Colorado and especially east of the Front Range. The corn maze has become a popular form of family entertainment. Corn mazes like the Fritzler Maize that have incorporated a scary, night time, ‘fright version’ have become extremely popular with young adults. Fritzler’s ‘Scream Acres’ has excellent special effects and the scariest ghouls. Scream Acres is the haunted attraction Colorado haunt-goers have enjoyed for many years, and look forward to each fall!

The Fritzler Corn Maize in La Salle, Colo., is the original corn maze in Northern Colorado. Now in its 12th year, the Fritzler Maize gets bigger and better every year. There are 50 acres of the Fritzler family farm dedicated to the Corn Maize and the Pumpkin Patch and the corn maze itself has grown to over 15 acres.

The Fritzler Maize began in 2000 when Glen and Pam Fritzler were convinced that they had the perfect location on Highway 85 to have a corn maze. The Fritzler family has been in the corn maze business for 12 years now and their corn maze had more than 20,000 visitors last year and has been featured on the Today Show.

The corn maze is only a small part of the Fritzler farm, “We are true farmers. My family has lived and farmed here since 1956 and I was born on the farm in 1957. I’m a third generation farmer here.” said Glen Fritzler, “The corn maze is a year round business. Besides the maze and the employees, there is the advertizing, vendor contracts, promotion, displays and all the rest of the paperwork. We have been building props in the shop all winter long and we are always adding or remodeling something.”

The themes for the intricate designs of the Fritzler Maize 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. This year, they enlisted the help of Face Book and social media to choose the 2011 design. “We asked for suggestions on Face Book for this year’s maze design and the most popular theme was cancer support.” said owner Glen Fritzler, “My family and I decided rather than just represent one disease, we could spotlight several causes by utilizing the awareness ribbon, and the design grew from there.”

The design is a Colorado farm field with the Rocky Mountains in the background and an Awareness Ribbon in the mountains and the words ‘Country Strong.’ The 10-foot high maze is very intricate and will challenge anyone who enters it. There is one entrance and one exit. In between there are over 2-miles of twists, turns and dead ends. The average person that enters the Fritzler Maize will wander for over and hour seeking the labyrinth’s one and only exit.

The exact details of how a corn maze is made is a closely held secrete, but Glen Fritzler did share some generalities. The Fritzler’s are affiliated with a consulting firm in Utah that takes the Fritzler’s concept and makes the computer design that will be used to make the maze. Glen Fritzler takes the 15 acre fully planted corn field and makes it into a corn maze.

“We design the maze on a computer and then use grid maps to make the pattern. It takes 24 sheets of computer printouts 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. The paths are roto-tillered, smoothed, and packed about a week before opening day.”

From ground level the maze is a series of paths in 10-foot high corn. 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 for helicopter rides during the daylight hours. The helicopter rides are just part of a huge assortment of fun activities. Additional activities includ the Creature, Pedal Go-Carts, Jumping Pillows, Corn and Pumpkin Cannons, Camp Fires, Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo.

If you want to know more about the Fritzler Corn Maize, please call them at (970) 737-2129 or visit their web sites at http://www.FritzlerMaze.com or http://www.ScreamAcres.com. v