Nathan France loves farming, games, and entertaining, and all three of these passions have come together in his latest project, a corn maze. In the winter Nathan began researching the making of a corn maze and sketching several possible designs for the one he hoped to create. After he planted the corn and watched it grow to the proper height, Nathan laid off his final sketch in the cornfield using solo cups. He could see the design in his mind’s eye, but he had no idea whether the path he was mapping out would actually match his sketch. Hoping for the best, he cut the path with a mower once a week, and planned for a late September opening of his corn maze and pumpkin patch.
Before the opening weekend, his nephew Jackson Morris flew a drone over the cornfield and took a picture of the maze, and Nathan could finally see the results of his weeks of planning and cutting. He was surprised and happy that the words FARM USA and the outline of a tractor and wagon were clearly visible in the picture. His sketch had come to life.
Many visitors to the maze have enjoyed searching for the eight ladybugs hiding in the corn, but most do not know that their names are significant to Nathan and his family. His mother, Thelma, had five sisters – Myrtle, Elsie, Violet, Hazel, and Pearl – and two brothers – JD and Leon. Each of the ladybugs hiding in the corn maze is named after one of these aunts or uncles. Mrs. Ester, the giant ladybug who is searching for her children, is, of course, Nathan’s grandmother Ester.
In addition to the corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayride, Nathan has enjoyed creating games for the young and old to enjoy. Visitors can play corn hole or Giant Jenga, or even try to lasso “Tony the Pony,” another of Nathan’s creations. The farm stand is also open and stocked with apples and sweet potatoes.
The corn maze and pumpkin patch is open Fridays from 1:00-5:00, Saturdays from 10:00-5:00, and Sundays from 1:00-5:00 through the month of October. Reservations can also be made for a weekday visit by calling 761-5683. Come by 23709 Kings Highway, Warsaw, for an aMAZEing adventure!