A Fab Four maze in a field of corn

The Beatles are featured in Lyman Orchards' 2014 corn maze.
The Beatles are featured in Lyman Orchards' 2014 corn maze.

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a fall tradition for many people here in Connecticut — getting lost in a corn maze.

“I’ve done a couple,” Ashley McCorkingdale of Griswold said. “They are all different. Some are challenging some are not.”

On Saturday, the corn maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield officially opened for business. But the planning for it all started months ago.

“We plant in the spring, usually around Memorial Day,” John Lyman said, “and then four weeks later when the corn is about a foot tall we we will do the cutting.”

This year’s theme dates back to the 1960’s — the British invasion on America. The faces of all four Beatles are carved into the corn. But the maze is more than twists and turns. There’s also trivia and information along the way.

“I think it really appeals to the whole family,” Lyman said. “We see grandparents, we see young families, it’s really a mix. People love it.”

A family wants through Lyman Orchard's corn maze, Aug, 30, 2014.
A family wants through Lyman Orchard’s corn maze, Aug, 30, 2014.

“The enjoyment is finding a corner that doesn’t work and trying again,” McCorkingdale said.

This maze is also benefiting a good cause. A portion of each ticket sold will go to the American Cancer Society.

“We chose the American Cancer Society because I’ve lost family members to cancer and so many of our employees the same thing,” Lyman said, “so it just seemed like the right thing to do.”

“It funds those necessary programs and services that cancer patients use here in Connecticut and across the country,” Lynn Kipphut of the American Cancer Society said.

Since the maze started back in 2000, it has raised more than $430,000. The maze is open until November 2.

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