Corn Maze Closure
Drought conditions shut down Snook seasonal tradition
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 00:10
Attendees used to meander through twisting rows carved into cornfields and bumped into dead ends and dark corners as stalks stretched above their heads at the “Krazy Kountry Korn Maze” in Snook. But this year the maze is nothing more than a muddy field of weeds.
Owner Tabatha Wiggins said the corn maze couldn’t open this season because of the drought, but she hopes to have it open again next year.
The corn maze had been well known for its theological themes and maze messages over the years. Last year, they also included something to honor their most popular customers — a “Block T” just for Texas A&M students.
This year, no clever or inspiring carvings will be found in the field. Kevin Marek, senior environmental design major, said the corn maze was part of his Halloween traditions and the closure was very upsetting.
“I was quite disappointed, especially when I drove out to the site because I couldn’t get ahold of the owners,” Marek said. “Seeing a muddy, plowed field was very sad. Normally, I would be a part of a large group of my friends who would go out there in the late hours and play a version of tag that we dubbed ‘Zombie Tag.’ We created our game two years ago on our first trip there.”
For Marek, the corn maze was not only a place of fun, but also of a life-changing experience.
“My close friends and I had just finished the first round ever of ‘Krazy Kountry Korn Maze Zombie Tag’ and we realized we had chanced into something absolutely thrilling,” Marek said. “This made us move quickly to coordinate as many friends as possible to come out to the maze and join us. Within 45 minutes, and a few slices of amazing pumpkin pie, we had doubled our numbers, explained the rules to the newcomers, overwhelmed the sweet lady at the gate and chosen the ‘initial infectee’ for the second round.”
About halfway through the game, newcomers were participating, unsure of who was a ‘zombie’ and who was human.
“Two girls cautiously walked up to us,” Marek said. “‘Hi, are y’all zombies?’ And that’s how I met Caitlin [Morris], chasing and trapping people as zombies, the A-team from the get-go.”
Marek and Morris began to date shortly after. Since they met, Marek had big plans for their relationship — He would propose at the maze that brought them together.
“I spent the summer planning the perfect proposal and of course, the venue had to be the ‘Krazy Kountry Korn Maze,’” Marek said. “It’s not difficult to imagine my understated disappointment in hearing the rumors that the maze would be closed — I had to see this for myself. On the Saturday before the two-year anniversary of the first ‘Zombie Tag,’ I drove out and saw that my plans of the most sentimentally unique proposal had been foiled by a drought.”
Though Marek was able to find a venue for the proposal, he said he couldn’t help but wonder how it would have gone if he had the opportunity to ask for Morris’ hand at the corn maze.
“But I don’t dwell on it, because she said ‘yes’ anyway,” Marek said.
Amber Smith, freshman biomedical sciences major, said she was disappointed the corn maze would be closed her first year in College Station.
“It was really depressing that the corn maze was closed,” Smith said. “Maybe it will be back next year to offer people a different option for Halloween festivities. It is supposed to be one of the biggest mazes around here.”
Marek said he hopes the maze will be open next year because it was an important part of his life and could potentially be for others’ lives.
“Pray for rain, someone else may meet ‘the one’ next year,” Marek said.