Country Heritage Community

Country Heritage Community (CHC) is a community-based heritage tourism initiative representing Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette and Winneskiek counties in beautiful North East Iowa.

Country Heritage Community is part of Iowa's first National Heritage Area that showcases the American agricultural revolution of the 20th century.

Country Heritage Community


Welcome to Maize Maze!


Horse plowing

½ MILE EAST OF Elgin, Iowa
The Maize Maze is again go for another year. The theme is “UDDERLY AMAZING”. The design is finished but not ready for publishing yet, SO, I will let you guess what it is by the theme???.
Anyway, the NE Iowa, South east Minnesota horse plowers  plan to plow with horses Saturday, April 26 with rain date Saturday, May 3.

Public is welcome come and watch. Anyone with a team and plow are welcome to shine up the plow, ground in sandy.

Maze Master,
Laverne swenson


CHC’s Maize Maze is located at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, just east of Elgin on Highway B64. Last year over 3,000 people visited the site including families, school and church groups, young adults and visitors from other states.

The maze is open from July 20th to October 26, or Nov. 2 depending on weather outlook at Halloween time. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor day, Sept.2.  After Labor day, the Maze will be open Sat. and Sunday¸1-5 pm or by appointment any time. Open by appointment any time, day or night. Admission is free for children 5 and under; $5 for ages 6-11; and $7 for adults. Large groups (10 person minimum) are free for children 5 and under; $4 for ages 6-11; and $6 for adults. Educational group rates are $5 per person with a minimum of 10 people in the group. For a real adventure, try solving the maze at night (must be 18 or older).

Contact Laverne Swenson for more information and scheduling - cell (563) 419-1133 or email

$5 gift certificates to local restaurants will be given away to all who go through the Maze and find the 14 mailboxes. Valley student, Brian Hemesath painted the signs posted throughout the area drawing attention to the Maize Maze.

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About the Maize Maze

The Maize Maze represents the four counties of North East Iowa that also make up the Country Heritage Community (CHC). The counties are Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek. Additional sponsors
of this years maze include:

Fayette County Conservation Board
Hawkeye Telephone
Alpine Communications
Century Link - Postville
Federal Seed Corn Hybrids - Elgin
Viafield Co-op - Clermont
Albert Lea Seed Company - Albert Lea, MN
Upper Iowa University - Fayette
Country Heritage Community