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Enid Features

October 20, 2012

Daze in a Maze is in the process of adding zip line

ENID, Okla. — Tucked away near the small town of Covington, there is a place that is perfect for enjoying the autumn weather with friends and family.

Daze in a Maze is a family-owned-and-operated 3,000-square-foot field maze accompanied by four other mazes and additional activities for the family.

James and Kathy Jantz began Daze in a Maze in 2001 and have opened it every fall since then, with the exception of one year, when James was deployed to Afghanistan.

“(James) was always fascinated with mazes,” Kathy Jantz said. “One year, we just bit the bullet and decided to try it.”

Five maze options

The 3,000-square-foot corn maze initially was the main attraction, but it is only one of five mazes the Jantzes create each year.

“He doesn’t draw them out (on paper),” Kathy Jantz said. “He just does it in his head, which is kind of amazing.”

“We cut it when it’s about a foot tall,” James Jantz said. He said the hay bale maze is harder to construct than the corn mazes.

The 3,000-square-foot (7-acre) maze has four possible exits. The first three exits are called “easy outs” and the final exit, the most challenging one, is called the “black exit.”

There also is a 6-acre maze called “The Jungle” which has only one entrance and one exit, and the trails are a bit wilder, said Kathy.

Other mazes include the “Tiny Tot Hay Bale Maze,” the “Round Bale Maze” and the “Big Hay Maze.” Each year, the Big Hay Maze is in a different, Oklahoma-themed shape. This year, the maze is in the shape of a combine. Visitors in the Round Bale Maze can go through the maze, or they can climb up on the bales and walk over the maze.

The Tiny Tot Maze is for toddlers to run around and enjoy, and is in conjunction with Daze in a Maze’s petting zoo.The petting zoo is stocked with adorable farm animals and, for 25 cents per cup, kids and adults can feed the animals.

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