Hendricks County Flyer
DANVILLE — Beasley’s Orchard and Gardens is getting ready to present to the public “Beasley’s Corn Dog maze” an eight-acre corn maze that was created for fun and adventure and to help bring awareness to animal rescue and adoption.
Beasley’s Orchard and Gardens was founded by Milton and Irene Beasley. They raised livestock (hogs, cattle and chickens) and grain in the mid- 1940s. They planted apple trees in the orchard and the land has evolved since then with 15 acres of pumpkins, many vegetables such as sweet corn, green peppers, green beans, squash and cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelons.
Starting Sept. 20 and running throug Oct. 27, the Corn Dog maze will be the feature of the Beasley’s Orchard, with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The cost is $8 for anyone age 12 and older, $6 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for younger children when accompanied by an adult.
The Beasleys have started working on the maze since early spring to get the design of the field.
The maze is outlined with a dachshund and a heart in the middle and says “Who Rescues Who?” based on their theme of animal rescue and adoption.
“We reached out to animal rescue groups around Hendricks County,” Debra Beasley explained. “We have three lined up and they will be bringing animals that will be up for adoption and provide information about what the organizations do.”
The maze is navigated through a series of questions on a passport. The topics of the questions can be anything from American history, to movies, to sports, to corn. If a question is answered correctly, the visitor will be led in the right direction. However, if they answer a question incorrectly they will be led in the wrong (slightly longer) direction.
The maze can be navigated in less than half an hour, but it’s not uncommon for most parties to take about an hour to find their way through the four miles of trails. Maze Adventures can be scheduled for groups of 15 or more at a discounted rate.
“People do get lost sometimes, but everyone loves it,” Beasley said.
On the last day of the Corn Dog maze, called Dog Days at the Maze, the Orchard is inviting the public to bring their dogs to the event.
Other events scheduled for the rest of the season are the “Heartland Apple Festival” held the first two weekends in October and a U-pick pumpkin patch accessible by hayrides every weekend in October.
Every year around 15,000 to 20,000 people come out to the two weekends of the Heartland Apple Festival.
On Nov. 23, there is a Christmas at the Orchard event where Santa and Mrs. Clause come out for the children and there will be many vendors giving holiday ideas and décor.
“That will be a fun event too, there are tons of games for the kids,” said Beasley.
Beasley’s Orchard and Gardens is open from mid-July to mid- December from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Orchard is located at 2304 East Main St., 12 miles west of Indianapolis, off of Old US 36. For more information contact, 317-745-4876, or view the website at http://beasleys-orchard.com/maize.html.