Lubbock corn field transformed into 12-acre agricultural maze

Complied by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers

Lose yourself, and maybe even your family in Lubbock beginning this weekend and running through Nov. 26. The original “Corn-field Maze” is once again ready for families and anyone with an interest in trying their best to get through 12 acres of twists and turns combined with pathways and dead-ends in an intricate pattern designed by computer.

Where is it?
The Maze at Atldo Farms is located about 100 miles away from the Clovis-Portales area, so plan approximately two hours each way. There are various towns located along the way where gas and refreshments can be obtained.

What is it?
The maze is cut into a 12-acre corn field using a laptop computer to link a mower with a global positioning system. This allows for the maze to be cut into a variety of shapes. Some fields are made to resemble an enchanted castle and Liberty Bell. In this case of the one in Lubbock, the famous Texas Tech “Masked Rider.”

Operating hours and cost
The weekend hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are required on weekdays. The cost of admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and children under 5 are free.

What to do?
In addition to the corn maze, the Atldo Farms also has pumpkin patches, ornamental corn and gourds ready for picking. There is also a corn cannon, farm animals in the barnyard, and a hayride option.
During Holloween, the farm will host “A Field of Screams,” a fund-raiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Located within the farm area are a covered tent area, concession stand, campfires, working outhouses, working windmill and water pump.

Contact information:
The Maze at Atldo Farms
Route 2, Box 73
Lubbock, Texas 79415
The owners, James and Patti Simpson, can be contacted at atldofarms@aol.com or by phone at 806-763-5594.
Their web site is:
www.cornfieldmaze.com