World’s largest corn maze

The Business of Food with Steve Alexander

When farming became unprofitable, Northern Illinois farmers found a cash cow in corn mazes

The world’s largest corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois (photo from Richardson Farm)

When the pig markets went bad in the late ’90s, some farmers went bankrupt, but George Richardson and his brother of Spring Grove, Illinois, decided to try something different: a corn maze. And it worked. Last year’s 20th annual corn maze and other attractions like a zip line, carousel, and train, brought in over 100,000 visitors. This is their 21st annual corn maze, nearly 30 acres with over nine miles of trails.

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