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Can You Beat Peyton Manning?

September 21, 2012

Josh Rhoten

If things had gone differently in the off-season for the Denver Broncos, the Fritzler Corn Maze would have Tim Tebow stretched 15 acres long.

But as it stands, owner Glen Fritzler is pretty excited about the quarterback on his maze.

"We were devastated when Tim was traded and I hated Peyton (Manning) at first, but I sort of realized I hated him because he beat the Broncos," Fritzler said. "Now that he is on the team we just love him and are realizing he has the same sort of character that we loved in Tim."

The maze depicts Manning, helmet in hand, and asks "got Peyton?" above the now-familiar face to most local sports fans. The Fritzler family carved this and all but one of the other designs themselves in a process that takes about five days.

"It takes a lot of work, but it was an easy decision given how excited people are and what the final product actually looked like," Fritzler said.

This is the 13th season for the maze in La Salle, Colo., a small town near Greeley in northern Colorado. Now open through Halloween, the maze becomes haunted at dusk, offering an added thrill to those who get lost inside it.

The first part of the maze is an open walk with zombies and other monsters lurking behind the stocks. The second phase is Scream Acres, an interactive path with animatronics and other sights and sounds.

Beyond the maze, there are plenty of other family activities, like pedal go-carts, massive slides and even helicopter rides. There will also be a new paintball attraction this year, which loads visitors onto old school buses for some target practice with mounted guns during the night or day.

"We are calling that 'Alcorntraz' or 'The Zombie Slayer Paintball Adventure,' depending what bus you get on because each one has a different theme," Fritzler said. "So you will be shooting at zombies or escaped prisoners and other targets as the bus drives by."

Fritzler said discounts would be offered through the season, but that the first weekend the haunted maze opens -- Sept. 28 -- would be one of the best buys.

"We have a variety of combinations available and there is plenty to do out here," he said. "People should visit our website (www.fritzlermaze.com) before they come to see the discounts and what is going on."

OTHER MAZES ALONG THE FRONT RANGE

Corn mazes are popular all along the Front Range with different activities at each site.

GREEN ACRES CORN MAZE

What: About eight acres in length, the maze looks like a bucking horse from above. Kids will also enjoy a petting zoo, corn pit and hay bale maze. There is even a pumpkin patch and hay ride.

Where: Just outside of Casper. To get there, follow the pumpkins going west on Highway 20-26 three miles west of the Natrona County Airport. From there, turn right on 33 Mile Road and go three miles north to County Road 121, then turn right and follow for about three miles.

When: Open now through Halloween, the maze runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the weekends and by appointment on weekdays.

Cost: Admission is $7 for 12 and older, $5 for those 4-11, and 3 and under get in for free. Hayrides and petting zoo are $3. Proceeds benefit Casper FFA Alumni and the ARC of Natrona County.

More information: visit

www.greenacrescornmaze.net or call 307-577-6030.

THE HARVEST HOME CORN MAZE

Where: 2927 Highway 26 in Lingle, about an hour and a half from Cheyenne.

When: Open beginning Sept. 29, the maze is available from 10 a.m. -- 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Flashlight tours are given Saturdays after 10 p.m.

More information: Visit

www.ellisharvesthome.com for more information.

SOMETHING FROM THE FARM

What: Three mazes, small, medium and haunted, are squeezed into 16 acres of corn with three miles of trails to explore in all. There are also haunted and regular hayrides and a five acre pumpkin patch to explore.

Where: 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins, Colo. From Interstate 25, Take the Windsor Exit/Highway 392 west for three miles. From there, turn left on to Timberline Road and take the next right onto Good Shepherd Drive following the signs.

When: Regular and haunted mazes start Sept. 28. Hours generally run from 3-10 p.m. (10 a.m.-11 p.m. on the weekends) with the haunted maze opening around 7 p.m.

Cost: All daytime activities are $10 for adults, $8 for children age 5-12 or seniors, 4 and under get in free. Haunted maze tickets are $17 and haunted hayride tickets are $12. Combo tickets for both are available for $25. More information on times and location can be found online at

www.somethingfromthefarm.com.

NORTHERN COLORADO CORN MAZE

What: Maze extends over 15 acres and becomes haunted at 7 p.m. throughout the month of October.

Where: 2318 S. County Road 5 (Main Street) in Fort Collins,

Cost: Adult daytime tickets are $10 while children ages 4-11, seniors and military get in for $8. Children under 3 get in for free. General admission at night is $16 and VIP admission is

$30. The maze is hosting a Wyoming weekend from Oct. 13- 16, with half off one ticket when a pair of visitors show Wyoming ID and use a

coupon.

More information or to print the coupon visit www.nococornmaze.com

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Source: (c) 2012 Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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