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Local Corn Mazes Provide Family Fun and Economic Boost

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With Halloween just weeks away, many people are looking to find the perfect pumpkin, whether it be for carving and creating a jack-o-lantern or using it to make pumpkin pies. But if you go to a farm with a corn maze, you get a whole lot more than a pumpkin. KSMU's Greg Leuthen explains.

DJ Galbraith drives the tractor that pulls the hay wagon full of smiling young faces. With Galbraith at the wheel, not even a hayride is ordinary at Campbell's Farm, it's a pumpkin coaster ride due to the many hills and valleys on the way to the pumpkin patch. All around Southwest Missouri, farmers are doing more and more to make the search for a pumpkin an unforgettable experience.

Lana Campbell, who co-owns Campbell's Farms with her husband Mike, explains just some of the things their farm offers this month.

Missouri does not track the financial impact of agritourism on the economy, but anecdotal evidence from farmers suggests that corn mazes and other forms of agritourism are good ways to increase their income.

Lana Campbell says that she and her husband opened their corn mazes in 2001 because they wanted try out corn mazes and create a family atmosphere. She says that farming has little to do with money; you do it because you love it.

For more information on locations of corn mazes in Missouri, go to KSMU.org.

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  • Missouri Corn Mazes