Orchard's Corn Maze Honors John Deere

Courtesy of Apple Annie's Orchard

A corn maze opening this week in the Southeastern Arizona town of Willcox honors the centennial of one of America's best-known brands.

Apple Annie's Orchard will debut its John Deere-themed corn maze on Saturday, September 15, the orchard said in a news release. The 12.5-acre maze contains 600,000 stalks of corn, along with a depiction of an old-time John Deere tractor.

Mandy Kirkendall, daughter of orchard founders Annie and John Holcomb, said the corn maze is "a fun time to be had as you wind your way through many twists and turns of corn as you try to find your way out of the largest corn maze in Arizona."

The maze has three levels of difficulty, allowing it to be completed in 10, 30 or 45 minutes, the orchard said.

The orchard has been creating corn mazes every year since 2008. Previous incarnations marked the 50th anniversary of space travel, the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes and the state's own centennial, among other milestones.

Apple Annie's features more than 7,000 apple trees and 4,700 peach trees, along with 37 acres of pumpkins and 19 acres of sweet corn. To learn more about the orchard's offerings and the corn maze, visit www.appleannies.com.

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