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Horse around at the Bowers corn maze Bowers Farm will open its first haunted corn maze on the 30-31 of October


aunted houses too scary? Too old for trick-or-treating? If the Charles L. Bowers School Farm has its way, the answer will be unconventional: a corn maze.   “This is the third year the Bowers Farm will be hosting a corn maze,” says Bowers’ 4-H historian, Heidi Kurn.    “Every year, the barn manager, Holly, creates a new design for the corn maze. This year’s corn maze was constructed to resemble two of the barn’s horses, Jack and Mac, one of which has a mark that looks a lot like the state of Michigan,” says Eric Jaros, Bowers’ 4-H President and Andover senior.    It takes months of preparation to create the corn maze.    “We begin double planting the corn in the spring. We plant north to south and then we go back over east to west. We then contract with a company from Iowa called Maze Play. I talk with them and decide about the design of the corn maze and then they design it. Then they come out with a tractor, a tiller, and a GPS unit and they till the land behind them in coordinates from the the GPS. When it’s all done it is the exact picture of the maze we want,” says Holly Glomski, head agriscience teacher and farm manager.”    The job doesn’t stop there. The Bowers’ 4H club spends their weekends in September

“In addition to the agricultural aspects of the fair, we also have community arts such as fine paintings, baking, quilting and lace making. People really need to see the value in the fair in order for it to be successful.”   For those wondering whether they will see Michigan’s best animals at the fair anytime soon, it remains a possibility.     “It’s not impossible for the fair to run again, but it’s hard to say right now,” says Porter. “A lot of changes must be made.”      Porter further emphasizes the vast amount of financial loses that the fair faces.    “The site needs many millions of dollars in restorations.  Any business that is not

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walking back and forth through the maze, bonfire and grab a bite at the concessions,” mulching every pathway. says Glomski. “It’s lots of fun at the farm.     In September, the 4-H club begins to Also, on the thirtieth and the thirty-first, advertise the corn maze. There are three Halloween, there will be a haunted corn mazes: a beginner, middle, and advanced. All maze. One of the mazes will be haunted and of the mazes span a distance of eight acres. the other two will be open and un-haunted,”    “It can be really confusing. We’ve had a lot says Glomski. of kids and adults get separated in the maze,    The corn maze officially opens on Saturday, but if you just follow the check points you’ll September 26 from four to nine. After that, it be out in no time,” says Kurn. “I will be open in October every would probably recommend the Friday from five to nine, and . corn maze amateurs to start out in This Halloween, Saturday from four to nine. the beginning corn maze and work    Holly anticipates a great throw away that turnout this year and hopes to their way up to the advanced one. But if you’re a real daredevil, I out do last year’s attendance. risky costume    “Last year we had about would go straight for the advanced and have some corn maze.” eight thousand people come to actual fall    But how does one find their way the corn maze,” says Glomski. through a confusion of corn? “That’s double the amount the flavored fun at    “Before you begin the maze, you year before.” the corn maze. receive a ticket. On the ticket are   The entry fee is $8 per person; numbers. When you go through $6 for children, ages 6-11; and the maze, you hole punch the free for children 5 and under. number of the check point you The Charles L. Bowers Farm arrive at,” says Jaros. “This should keep you has two places for parking. One is located on on the right track. There are also corn maze the corner of East Square Lake and Squirrel helpers, called corn cops. They’ll make sure Rd, and the other is on East Square Lake near you get out with no problems at all.” Adams. For more information on the corn    Corn mazes not your thing? There are more maze, visit or activities than just the corn maze at the farm. contact the Bowers farm at 248- 341-6475.    “This year visitors will be able to visit    So throw away that risky costume and have the barn to see and pet the animals, take some genuine fall-flavored fun at the corn tractor rides around the farm, warm up at the maze.

FAIR: Closing this year from page 1

photos by Eric Jaros

making money does not have the means to do that.”     If the fair was ever to reopen, Porter hopes to bring modern agricultural technology into it.     “That’s what people of today want to see. It interests them more than the classic farm scene.” Some day when we are out of this economic situation the fair may be able to reopen. Porter believes that it’s a shame to see family activities and old time events disappearing from our agendas. The fair may have seen its last run in 2009 and at this point in time, all Porter and his team can do is hope for the best.

Quick Read: -The first state fair was in Detroit in 1849 -The fair was held 160 years in a row -In 1966, it attracted 1.2 million people -Housed on 164 acres

BAND: Hallowed halls from page 1

Orchestra director David Reed, who has played in many Detroit area orchestras, and has studied with members of the Juiliard String Quartet explains, “it’s a career highlight for me, but I’m even more excited for the students.”    During a phone interview, Carnegie Hall Public Relations representative Justin, a musician himself, added to Ambrose’s and Reed’s opinion by saying that it truly is an honor to play in this historical venue which The New York Times calls “the best-known concert hall in the cultural capital of the United States, [and] the site for thousands upon thousands of music lovers of some

of the great artistic experiences of their lives.”    According to Kemeny, the $1,249 per student includes transportation, monuments and city tours.   “Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are just a few of the sights we will see,” she says.  “We will [also] visit Rockefeller Plaza for the Top of the Rock Night View and will be seeing Billy Elliot or West Side Story on Broadway.  [We will] also have a few hours to explore New York on our own.”     For more information regarding the trip contact Robert Ambrose at rambrose@ or David Reed at dreed@ 

Andover Shield September 2009  

The online publication for The Andover Shield newspaper from September 2009.