Forestville corn maze helps mark Wisconsin’s 175th
By Paige Grzenia
FORESTVILLE – A Forestville corn maze is giving a nod to Wisconsin’s 175th anniversary.
Kevin and Jan Guilette have lived on the Guilette Family Farm for 30 years now and began The Red Barn Corn Maze two years ago.
The Red Barn Corn Maze offers many fall activities for family fun; however, the main attraction is their corn maze.
“Our corn maze, it has a lot of trails. This year, there’s about three miles worth of trails in it. But it’s not set up as a maze where you start at one end and try to find your way out somewhere else. Our maze is set up so that you are learning how to navigate a map. So we have checkpoints within the maze and we have two different games that people can play in the maze” said Jan Guilette when asked what makes their corn maze different from others.
These games include a clue game where you solve a mystery, as well as a scavenger hunt that is played in the maze and on the grounds that is Wisconsin themed for Wisconsin’s 175th anniversary.
The maze has symbols of the Wisconsin flag carved in it and clues about Wisconsin are given throughout the scavenger hunt. People normally spend about one hour to an hour and a half in the maze.
What inspired the Guillette’s to open a corn maze in Door County was seeing how much fun their kids and others were having at another corn maze they visited and realizing that there wasn’t another corn maze in Door County at the time.
“And that was kind of our goal, is really to just have something family friendly. We wanted something where there wasn’t alcohol being served, so we can host groups like girl scouts and 4-H and stuff because sometimes they can’t attend places that maybe serve alcohol with leaders,” Jan said, adding that they wanted to “have something that people could do on the weekends in the fall, just something to get together and reconnect as a family.”
Some other fall activities that the Red Barn Corn Maze offers to its visitors includes a pumpkin patch, hayride, apple sling shot, historical display with different historical farm artifacts, animals to feed and interact with, various games, pumpkin bowling, hay bale mountain with a slide, obstacle course and photo backdrops.
They also offer a haunted maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October 5:45 to 10 p.m.
Jan shared that even though it’s called a haunted maze, they still have their goal of family fun so the maze was designed for people to have spooky fun.
“We’re hoping not to give anyone nightmares,” she added.
Their last weekend operation for this season is Oct. 27-28 for the haunted maze and Oct. 28-29 for the corn maze and other fall activities.