Kelsi Poole set up desks in a schoolhouse-sized building Thursday morning for Trinity Valley’s corn maze, which will include farm education and activities for children.
“I think the kids will have a lot of fun in here,” she said, and the corn maze is one of the few activities in the past six months not canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trinity Valley corn maze will be open Sept. 12 to Oct. 31. Owner Branden Brown said he was concerned about opening the maze during the pandemic, but received clearance from the Cortland County Health Department.
“We’ve set parameters in place for people’s safety,” he said. “We’re doing what we have to do and we hope people will understand. It’s not exactly what it was last year but nothing else is.”
Masks will be required because there’s no way to guarantee people will stay socially distanced, he said.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: Weekday tickets, from Tuesday through 5 p.m. Friday, are $7. Weekend tickets are $8. They are available at trinityvalleydairy.mazeplay.com/.
Three mazes range from a half-mile to three miles along the theme of “USA.” The event has expanded to 15 acres from seven, moving the maze across Moore Road off of Route 13.
The maze was moved so Trinity Valley could build a dairy barn behind the store, Brown said.
“We’re thrilled that they’re moving forward with the corn maze and a plan that keeps everyone safe,” said Meghan Lawton, executive director of the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It gives people an opportunity to be part of an event that has become one of the favorites in the county during the fall season.”
The building that involves farm education will include several activities, along with the Chris Fesko on the Farm video series. Another building will have a farmhouse play kitchen. Other attractions include a tube slide, a petting zoo, picture cutouts for photos and a tractor train.
“I think it will be a good season,” Brown said. “With a lot of events canceled in the area and with this whole thing, people really want to get out of the house. Hopefully people will enjoy it.”