GABRIELS - With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it's a good time to bundle up and get lost in the Great Adirondack Corn Maze.
The maze is located off of state Route 86 in Gabriels and run by Tucker Farms Inc. Steve Tucker said the 6-acre maze is in its ninth year. To create it, rows of corn are planted in north-to-south grids, and then a push mower is used to create pathways through the maze.
"It takes two people about 50 hours," Tucker said.
(Photo — Corey Iaria)
Every year, the maze features a different image that can be seen from the sky. This year's image is a chef with a clever, boiling a pot of oil with a corn cob inside.
Visitors to the maze are given a piece of paper with six grids, and as they wander the maze, they look for black mailboxes that contain a section of the maze's image. It generally takes about two hours for people to find all six mailboxes and complete the picture.
"It was awesome," said Corey Iaria of Saranac Lake upon exiting the maze on Thursday. It took Iaria and her boyfriend, Nick Hagar, also of Saranac Lake, about two-and-a-half hours to finish their adventure.
Tucker said business has been slow at the maze this year. It opened the first weekend in August, and Tucker said he thinks the economy has been a factor.
"The economy is not good, no matter what the politicians say," he said. "Hopefully things will pick up."
Tucker said the corn fields grew well over the summer despite drought-like conditions that persisted across the country and in the Northeast for much of the summer.
The maze will host Fright Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Tucker said the event is great for families.