While pretty much every other local corn farm is reaping a state record-size harvest this summer of around 1.2 billion bushels, a couple of farms are growing revenue from the fall tradition of corn mazes. This year Sever's Corn Maze in Shakopee, next to Canterbury Park, is a 14-acre ode to the presidential election. The field is carved in a twisty-turny rectangle with a rendering of the White House in the center, the inscription "Vote 08," and the names of the candidates at the bottom. Open Saturdays and Sundays through November 2, the maze, run by husband-and-wife duo Sever and Sharon Peterson, also offers a hay-bale maze for younger explorers and a 10,000-bushel pit of dried corn for playing and relaxing in. If you're looking for a fall weekend day trip, pile into the car for the hour-long drive north to Shafer, Minnesota, for the Shafer corn maze on Highway 8. The 12-acre maze also takes on a patriotic theme this year and is carved into the shape of two flying eagles. Also open weekends through November 2, the maze becomes possessed with corn zombies and ghouls for the "Stalkers of the Corn" haunted maze nights during the final three weekends in October. Both mazes are closed in bad weather, so call ahead if it looks questionable.
Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 16-17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Nov. 2, 2008