CSI Corn Maze: What It Takes To Get Ready


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) With the fall season upon us, it's time for corn mazes throughout the valley to open.

One maze that provides countless hours of entertainment is also doubling as a charitable endeavor for the College of Southern Idaho’s Horticulture Club and many others.

The CSI Corn Maze is a mind–shifting land of endless turns and dead ends.

For 4 weeks every year, these 11 acres on the CSI campus are transformed.

The horticulture club works to get the maze ready months before the leaves even start to turn.

"When we grow it, of course, we have to keep the weeds out to compete with the corn. We have to draw up a plan for our design then we have to cut it out with a rotor-tiller and then we just have to keep it watered and maintained. And then when its ready we get the straw barrels all set up. We set up our tents and send out flyers, get advertising going... it ends up being a lot of work.”
Said Horticulture Instructor Chance Munns

But as the harvest season arrives, the students really start to feel the weight of running the maze on a nightly basis.

That's when clubs such as the Renewable Energy... Live Stock Auction... and even the Highlanders Club jumped on the opportunity to lend a hand.

"It means a big deal to us because we take pride in it now, this is my second year doing it and its bigger and better this year. There’s a new instructor through the horticulture club this year. And so each year it keep growing and every gets into it more involved and have more fun with it make harder to get through and more fun for the families to come out and enjoy."
Said Andrew Thompson, President of the CSI Renewable Energy Club

Designed as a community event... All of the money raised goes back to the clubs and back to the community.

"We do Toys for Tots, we donate turkeys on thanksgiving, we adopt families for Christmas. And then a portion of the money is also used to send students to Boise for a horticulture expo."
Said Munns.

Helping many... All while enjoying a family–fun night.

The CSI Corn Maze is Open every night from 5 to 10 up until October 27th.

After the 27th the maze will be closed for two days and will reopen on Halloween night for the annual Fright Night adventure.

Children under 6 are free, students are only a dollar, and adults are 2 dollars at the door.

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