I grew up in Nebraska around lots of farmland, corn fields, wheat fields, soybeans, and milo. However, as a kid I missed out on cornfield mazes. Mazes were very rare back then, but now they are an Autumn pastime, thanks in part to a guy named Brett Herbst. He has designed more than 1200 cornfield mazes since he started his business in 1996. According to their website, the company provides the following for people interested in starting their own cornfield maze:
- "A custom design for your maze
- Access to our "cutting team" or a video that trains you how to cut the maze yourself
- Your own web page on www.cornfieldmaze.com (13+ million hits annually)
- Territorial rights (The MAiZE cannot compete in your area)
- Shared knowledge & networking with other MAiZE owners (access to online chat room)
- Access to elementary curriculum materials for field trip program
- Invitation to annual MAiZE conference with other site owners
- Monthly updates and annual newsletter/survey results
- Potential funds/materials from any national sponsorship that are secured
- The MAiZE LLC Training Guide containing valuable information, such as:site selection tips, budget, maze creation techniques, farming techniques, operational logistics, legal/liability information, recommended layout of facilities, strategic marketing plan, samples of marketing materials, employee training guide, contact list (i.e., suppliers, media, souvenir vendors), and calendar of operations"
Brett grew up on his family ranch in Idaho, and graduated in 1995 (same year as me!) from college with a degree in agribusiness. Brett’s first corn maze was the largest corn maze ever made in the western United States. In just three weeks, he had over 18,000 visitors to the maze, and immediately people worldwide began to contact him for help to start their own corn maze. Today, his corn maze consulting company is the largest in the world.
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