Photo Gallery | Friends build corn maze in Orangeburg County corn field
COPE, SC (WIS) - Just south of Orangeburg, off route 70, or Binnicker Bridge Road, a group of friends have built a corn maze.
After turning right off 321 South, look for the big pink pig hay bale for the Between the Bridges Corn Maze. It's on Ronnie Gray's farm, where he grows corn, peanuts, cotton, and thanks to the corn maze, sorghum.
"My wife and I had gone to a corn maze last year and I talked about it and thought we would try one in this area because there wasn't anything close," said Gray. "So I talked to some friends of ours about it, Jim and Becky Christoper and Eddie and Deborah Fogel and they jumped on board with it."
Gray, along with the Christophers, gave WIS an exclusive tour of the 8-acre maze, even showing how Gray's wife drew the plan on graph paper. He says the response in the first two weeks of opening has been outstanding.
"Everbody's loved it. We've had repeat customers already, come back and say they're coming again and bringing more people," Gray said. "I think its a good, family-oriented event for families to do in our area."
Guests get a sheet of paper and take a crayon rubbing at several stations as they progress through the maze. Once inside there are places to stop and rest and scarecrows to keep guests company.
Outside the maze, there's plenty of farm fun for the family. After all, what's a corn maze without cornhole? There's duck races, hop scotch and a hay pile with a slide.
"It's nice to see kids come through that have never seen an ear of cor before and ask you what that is," said Gray. "They have no clue what the farm life is like and this gives them a little bit of experience about what happens on the farm."
Gray says one of the most popular sites is the old-fashioned corn sheller.
"Some kids have never experienced that before and they love it," Gray said. "We've got a corn sandbox. Instead of sand, there's kernels of corn in it. The kids enjoy that."
You may find a stray peanut from when the field was used to grow goober peas.
Gray says it should take about 45 minutes to get through the maze and ring the bell at the end. If you get lost, no worries. Carry a white flag in with you, wave it to the guy on top of the tower, and he will direct you out.
Click here for hours and admission prices for the Between the Bridges Corn Maze. If you're driving on Binnicker Bridge Road from 321, turn right at the pink pig hay bale.
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