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UMF 150th anniversary celebrated in local corn maze design

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FARMINGTON It isn't every day that you have your anniversary celebrated in a life-sized puzzle of corn, but that's one of the unique ways the University of Maine at Farmington's 150th Anniversary Celebration as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine is being shared in the Farmington community this fall.

Sandy River Farms in Farmington is hosting their fifth annual Amazing Corn MAiZE, and this year it features a design around the University of Maine at Farmington's 150th Anniversary Celebration. The York family farm owners proposed the tribute to the University and worked with Kelly Dodge, UMF vice president of university advancement, on the design. 

'We are so honored by this touching display,' said Dodge. 'This is a great example of the close relationship that UMF and the local community have enjoyed for 150 years. Campus and community members alike look forward to the challenge of the Sandy River Farm maze every year, but this year's holds a special excitement.'

Designed by the world's leading designer of more than 1,500 corn mazes worldwide, the Sandy River Corn MAiZE hopes to challenge the wits of those seeking to find the one exit from their mind-boggling puzzle. Though the correct pathway can be walked in only 15 minutes, most wandering maze-goers will require about one hour to travel through more than three miles of twists, turns and decision points.

The MAiZE is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends starting on Saturday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 27. It is located at 755 Farmington Falls Rd, about two miles outside of Farmington on Route 2. Cost is $8 for ages 10 and up, $4 for ages 3-10 and free for children 3 and under. After visitors find their way through the human labyrinth, they are also invited to explore the pumpkin patch, have a hayride, take a spin on the cow train, play in the corn box or feed the animals.

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