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Treworgy's corn maze honors Thanksgiving butterball

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LEVANT - Turkey day may be a couple months away, but that's not stopping a Levant business from celebrating the famous Thanksgiving bird a little early. The great gobbler was the inspiration for this year's corn maze design at Treworgy's family orchards on Union Street, and it's attracting quite a flock of visitors.

"We come up with the theme around the dining room table," explained Robin Pellerin, retail manager at Treworgy's. "It's my parents that started the farm and we run it as a whole family. We sit around the table and come up with a theme usually at the end of the season. It's my uncle that did the maze design."

Some of Treworgy's past corn mazes have been shaped in the form of a black bear, alligator, Celtic knot and kernel of corn.

"The corn is roughly nine feet tall, so everyone feels small in there, it's not specifically a kids thing," said Pellerin. "A lot of people bring kids and it's fun, but we have a countless number of sororities and middle aged couples that come out, so it's for all ages."

Jennifer Stinson and her daughter Julia, who live just down the road from Treworgy's, test their skills in the corn maze each and every year.

"It's good because we're so busy it really slows us down and allows us to do a project together," said Stinson. "There are two parts to the corn maze - the easier one and the more advanced. We did the easy, one but will go back to do the more difficult one."

Corn maze visitors are encouraged to solve a mystery as they maneuver their way around the corn stalks.

"We have six different stations inside the maze where you'll find a suspect and a location that you can cross off your list. Whoever is left is [the person] who stole the Treworgy's cornucopia," explained Pellerin. "It's like a game of Clue."

This corn maze adventure is not only a fun outing for visitors, but a challenging one as well.

"We got lost a few times," said Stinson. "But I like the turkey theme. It's more round or circular than past mazes."

And people travel from all over to try it out. Pellerin said in years past, Treworgy's has even seen 1,000 cars stop by for a visit in just one day.

"It's fun to be in a cornfield. People don't get that experience anymore. In Maine, it's a lot of connection to our heritage and there's just something about navigating your way and working together to figure out where you're going," said Pellerin.

Tickets are $5 for children 3-12 years old and $6 for adults. Each corn maze ticket purchased comes with a free scoop of ice cream that folks can enjoy right at the Treworgy's ice cream stand.

"Our busiest time of year is right now. The apples are ripe for picking. The pumpkin patch, ice cream stand and corn maze are open, and we have the petting zoo and hayrides running on weekends," explained Pellerin.

Those wishing to participate in all the fun can stop by Treworgy's Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to dusk. The farm is closed on Mondays except for Columbus Day.

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