A clear, sky plus sunshine equals a perfect day for some father son friendly competition through a corn maze.
"I can't let my son beat me (in the maze)," Patrick McDonough said.
His son Riley didn't have anything less than determination to defeat his father in the maze, too.
The way the maze works is simple.
The McDonoughs looked for five flags throughout the maze and got paper punches on their cards to lead them out of the maze.
However, the maze isn't easily solved even if re-designing it for the 12th year is easy for Wilke's Dairy Farm LLC co-owner Doug Wilke.
Whether picking the corn or growing the corn is a simple task, Wilke said designing the maze is a science.
"You have to have your spacing right so people aren't cutting through the corn "
Wilke said it takes him a half hour to re-design each year.
"Every year it's different… every year we make it different. It keeps it interesting .. it keeps people coming back."
It takes three hours for him to cut the maze by himself, and when it's all finished, the corn gets fed to the cows.
Wilke said the maze typically takes anyone about an hour to solve, but it didn't take a first-time-maze-goer more than 20 minutes to get lost.
"If you figure out the surroundings, you can usually get back, if you hear the donkey or the cow you know you're going the wrong way," Patrick said.
Even though I wasn't able to find the five flags, Riley and Patrick sure did along with a perfect outcome to a friendly competition on a perfect autumn day in the corn maze.
"We found the last one (flag) at the same time," Patrick said. "We ran into each other, but I say I won," Riley said.
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