College students have a penchant for getting lost. But Jenny Dejmal, a CSU senior and single mother, knows every turn, nook and cranny to make it to the end of a maze unscathed.
As a staff member at Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners (OCSS/RAL), Dejmal spent months preparing for Saturday’s CSU’s Day at the Corn Maze.
“Something from the Farm,” located near I-25 and Harmony Road, is the site of three corn mazes designed for all ages.
Dejmal’s status as a full-time student and single mother have demanded her organization and action as a liaison between the school and farm.
“We’ve basically been working on it since June,” she said. “We did most of our planning during the summer.”
Dejmal took charge of marketing the event, single-handedly producing over 2,000 flyers and posters to promote Saturday’s program.
“I feel like there aren’t enough ways to get the community and the University together, ” she says of her motivation to connect the campus and Fort Collins.
Dejmal hopes to get the word out about the maze, making it an annual CSU-sponsored event.
Some area elementary schools sponsor fundraisers at the maze, but this is the first year CSU has contributed to the event.
University athletes and cheerleaders, as well as Cam the Ram, will be present in the morning on Saturday. Students wearing green and gold will also receive a $2 discount.
Something from the Farm, which has been family owned for three decades, recently added a pumpkin catapult to its list of activities at the corn maze.
“The pumpkin launcher is called a trebuchet,” stated Jan Rastall, Assistant Director for OCSS/RAL. “It launches about 400 feet into the field.”
Eric Clarke owns the pumpkin patch adjacent to the mazes.
Last year, he and Something from the Farm owner Jon Dory began trebuchet demonstrations. Dory, an HP engineer, initially developed his idea as a science project that threw tennis balls in his house. The larger contraption, which can now fling 15-pound pumpkins, attracts large crowds and is one of the maze’s key features.
“It can be dangerous if not managed properly,” Clarke admitted.
But safety measures are intact due to the trebuchet’s 700 pounds of counterweight and taped-off launch area, he said.
The trebuchet is just one of the day’s events. Other features such as hay and tractor rides, and “Theater in the Corn,” which shows horror flicks between hay bales, will be available to attendees.
“When the wind starts blowing, it’s enough to get scared,” Clarke said.
Staff writer Elizabeth Fritzler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something From the Farm
7755 Greenstone Trail
Fort Collins, Colorado
From Fort Collins: Go south on Timberline 3 miles past Harmony. Cross Hwy 392 (road to Windsor) and take the next right onto Good Shepherd Drive following corn maze signs. Park in the southwest corner of the Redeemer Lutheran Church parking lot.
Opening Date: Friday, September 21st, 2007
Last Day of Season: Sunday, November 4th, 2007
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 3:00 PM – 10:00PM – Open this Friday 10/19 at 10 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adults – 13 & up $10.00
Kids – 5 to 12 & Seniors $8.00
4 & Under Free
Groups>12: $2 off per person
More information about the maze is available at www.somethingfromthefarm.com.