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Get Lost in Cool Patch's Mega Corn Maze

Opening day is just ahead at the harvest-fun, pumpkin-plentiful Dixon patch.

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    Can you make your way to the exit? That's one of the autumn's great pastimes, the corn maze, and one of the grandest, anywhere, can be found in Dixon, at Cool Patch Pumpkins.

    WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS... for initially making your way into a corn maze? Oh, we know, you maybe thought we were going to nose around for your top suggestions on how to get out of one. But entering the maze, and deciding upon that first turn — left or right or straight ahead — feels as important a moment as when you finally, eventually, laughingly leave. Of course, you can't truly know that going one way or the other will lead you to the exit in short order, but using your kernel, which is what you should refer to as your noggin when inside a corn maze, is essential. After all, intuition seems to be the name of the get-lost game for a lot of maze mavens. And a lot of intuitive maze mavens make for Dixon each fall, which happens to be home to the...

    "WORLD RECORD CORN MAZE," a designation that's been bestowed upon the massive area of stalk-tastic corn in the past due to its mind-goggling, brain-boggling size. As is tradition, the new maze for 2018 will be "completely unique," and should you need to be one of the first people in it, you'll want to check it out on opening day, which is Saturday, Sept. 22. But making your way into the maze, and through it, and, fingers crossed, out, is only part of the Cool Patch Pumpkinsfun. There are numerous other harvest-sweet sights, and seasonal things to do, so carve out time in your schedule (yes, "carve" is a pumpkin joke, we suppose), to enjoy...

    A HAY RIDE, or pedal cars, or a "giant corn bath," which is just what it sounds like, and a sensational experience, literally. There shall be food and beverages to buy, too, on select days during the Cool Patch run, so if you want to show up and nosh a bit, to sate your appetite, pre-maze, that's a fine idea (just check the dates). Sweetest of all, quite possibly? The 2018 opening day coincides with the first day of fall, meaning that you can really approach the start of autumn in a wonderfully traditional way, should you call upon Cool Patch on Sept. 22. More details and corn maze pics? Best start planning your maze strategy, now, for fall is on the wind...