The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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October 6, 2008

Daze in a Maze offers fun for all ages

The smell of dirt being kicked up, children laughing and running, the cool scent of green corn plants: All those ingredients add up to the fun that can be had in a field maze.

Daze in a Maze, a field maze located near Covington, has become a tourism tradition in the fall for many northwest Oklahoma families.

Daze in a Maze began in 2001 by James Jantz and his family.

“I’ve got three kids. I thought it would be fun to go to a corn maze but I couldn’t find one around here and I thought I could do that,” said Jantz.

Daze in a Maze is back after a one year hiatus.

“We weren’t open last year because I was in Afghanistan,” said Jantz, who is a member of the 85th Army Reserve. He was deployed for a year in 2007, so the family didn’t open their fields.

However, this year the maze is back and already getting plenty of business this fall.

Daze in a Maze has several mazes for all ages. They have a 300,000 square foot living field maze with six colored flags, an observation bridge and four exits. They also have a six acre “Jungle Maze” with no flags.

“I just keep adding and subtracting things,” said Jantz, “It is just whatever I have around.”

If the field mazes are too big, a hay bale maze is set up in the shape of the state of Oklahoma with round bales marking Enid, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. A “Tot Maze” for children 3 and younger is set up in the barn.

Other activities include a large playground with a play set, sandbox, volleyball court, basketball goal and a hay bale pyramid. There also is a petting zoo, a “Dino Dig” where kids can dig for “Cowasaurus” bones and a hay rack ride.

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