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.

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Welcome to Maize Maze!

MAIZE MAZE 2016 UPDATE

2016 Maize Maze news release
“IOWA BARNS”

"AMAZING IOWA BARNS" is the theme in 2016.
Preserve and tell the story of our agricultural past, by plowing with horses on Sat. April 23, weather permitting, or Sat. April 30. Also plan to demonstrate planting with a horse drawn or small tractor drawn 2 row wire check corn planter like our ancestors used, before we had herbicides to control weeds, in the corn. How did wire-checking help control weeds, come and see!!!


The Maize Maze, ½ mile east of Elgin, is again planning to open for the 17th year. The theme is “Iowa Barns”. To preserve and continue to tell the story of our agricultural past, we plan to plow with horses Saturday April 23, weather permitting, or Saturday. April 30. Northern Iowa, Southern Minnesota Plowers plan to bring 4 to 5 teams. Also, if Amish in our area want to join in they will be welcome.


Cost is free for children age 4 and under.
Age 5 to 11- $5.
Age 12 and over cost is $7.
Groups of 10 or more $1 off.
Groups any time, day or night BY APPOINTMENT.

NOTICE-THE WEEK STARTING JULY 21 THE MAZE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS BY APPOINTMENT SINCE WE WILL BE GETTING READY FOR A LARGE SCHOOL GROUP SCHEDULED THAT WEEK. CALL 563-419-1133. NOTICE EMAIL swenson.lagracia@gmail.com

The maze was designed by mazemaster Laverne Swenson

Maze address is 22580 A.Ave.Elgin, Iowa. At the Gilbertson center is also a fishing pond, 5 miles of hiking and horse riding trails, a nature center and farm tool museum, a camp ground and Turkey river access. Phone 563 426 5740. Web site:www.iowamaizemaze.org 

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Goal of the Maize Maze

The maize maze goal is to Preserve and tell the story of our agricultural past, for kids and visitors to have a place in NE Iowa to get out in  a corn field and have fun and an attraction that draws visitors to NE Iowa and learn about the many sites and attractions we have.

The Maize maze is non-profit with a cost of about $15,000 annually. To meet our budget, the maze depends on grants and donations to subsidize the cost for kids to attend the maze. Still there are some who will not visit the maze because of the $4 cost.

So we will again be asking for grants and donations from persons and organizations with an interest in PRESERVING AND TELLING THE STORY, and who want to help get kids get out to learn about corn, pork, and it's value to NE Iowa and other outdoor activities in NE Iowa.

If we could generate the $15,000 through donations we could allow for all visitors and kids to visit the Maze. free admittance for the year.

PLEASE SEND TAX DEDUCTABLE DONTAIONS TO:

MAIZE MAZE PROJECT
Nina Taylor
907 Rosa Dr
Decorah, IA 52101

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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.


Contact Laverne Swenson for more information and scheduling - cell (563) 419-1133 or email swenson.lagracia@gmail.com

$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
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