Reflections on the 2022 corn maze
Posted 01 December 2022
First of all, thank you!
We would like to thank the thousands of visitors to the corn maze and pumpkin patch this year. We have had a successful year, and once again with your help have been able to support numerous local community groups.
And thanks to our staff especially
We would also like to thank our staff who worked very hard under some rather trying circumstances.
Our staff this year included several outstanding teenagers, First Nations peoples from several local Bands, and even my 87 year old second cousin (twice removed) who drove out from Ontario to help drive one of the tractors. You’re the best!
And while other staff members struggled with their own problems, they showed up to help whenever they could and we especially want to thank them!
Staffing was hard. It was really a struggle to find enough employees this year. When a well meaning visitor commented, “you really should have more people working here”, it was tough to not go and lose myself in the corn maze until the season ended.
(But no thanks to these two)
It was, however, very disheartening to see the destruction of the corn maze start on the second day that we were open.
The “Two Preppy Pukes” in the matching t-shirts know who I’m talking about! Perhaps you had some fun, but I suspect this will be a time you look back upon with great shame when (and if) you grow up.
No maze in 2023
The struggle with staffing, mass maze destruction, and several family member’s situations have led us to the decision NOT to operate the corn maze in 2023.
That’s right, for the first time we’re taking some time off.
We look forward to spending more time with our families. It’s the right thing for us to do in 2023.
Pumpkins and hayrides will still be available
While we won't have a corn maze in 2023, we will be planting our large field of pumpkins (and hoping for a drier spring then we had this year).
My ever-patient wife Betty rightfully informed me that driving the hayride tractor and interacting with the young pumpkin pickers is truly what I enjoy the most.
All the best for this holiday season
We hope that you all stay healthy till we next see you, and that you and your families have a very Merry Christmas and all of the best in 2023.
– Murray McNab