Levant corn maze makes Maine lumberjack larger than life
By Jodi Hersey
Special to The Weekly
The Treworgy family is going big this year with its annual corn maze at Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant. Really big. For 17 years, the family run farm has designed a fun and challenging corn maze that people of all ages can enjoy and this year the farm is honoring the famous Maine lumberjack, Paul Bunyan.
“Choosing a corn maze [design] is a family tradition. The whole family is involved and brainstorms ideas,” said Matt Pellerin, the owners’ son-in- law and agricultural manager at Treworgy Family Orchards.
Before any idea can truly make the cut, Pellerin said it has to meet the family’s short criteria list.
“Number one, it has to be a fun, family concept. Number two, it has to be beautiful from the air. Number three, it should be fun to walk through, a great trail design, and number four, it should be culturally relevant or something people in our region can get excited about,” explained Pellerin.
Past corn maze designs have included a turkey, a Maine black bear and a locomotive. While some farms hire outside corn maze designing firms, the Treworgys do all the work themselves.
“My brother-in- law has some great artistic talent and he actually does the artwork for the maze itself. Once we come up with a concept, he sketches it by hand and comes up with a shape and we go back and forth. Then he hands it off to me and I come up with an internal trail design,” explained Pellerin.
The farm is also making the maze available at night for its annual light maze event happening on October 20. Tickets for that event are $10 per person.
“There are a lot of people that run scary mazes. We never really liked to do that. This is an alternative to that. We string up Christmas lights in the corn maze and we have our employees dressed up and handing out candy at each station,” said Pellerin. “It’s probably the nicest non-scary, little kid friendly, nighttime late October thing that I’ve ever been to.”
Besides the corn maze, visitors stop by the Treworgy Family Orchards for apples, pumpkins, ice cream and to check out the farm animals. Mandi Rollins of Winterport has been visiting the farm for years.
“My photo albums are filled with pictures at Treworgys,” said Rollins. “In the summer we love picking berries and feeding the animals. In September we go to get apples and enjoy hot apple cider and in October we visit again to get our pumpkins. We make new memories every year and we always get a great family picture in front of the corn stalks.”
The Treworgys hope many more families will continue to make memories at their business and homestead; a place where they, too, keep making memories together each and every year.
“We see the farm as an extension of the family. We think that’s why it attracts people. They get a sense of the love that we have for each other and it extends through the whole farm and people get a sense of pleasure and peace when they come here,” said Pellerin. “Besides the physical attraction of the corn maze, apples and pumpkins, I think that’s more the subliminal draw to the farm.”
Treworgy Family Orchards is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – dusk and will close for the season on October 29. For more information, including tickets for the annual light maze, log on to www.treworgyorchards.com.