Sep 24, 2015

Clark corn maze and pumpkin patch set to open Saturday

Over the summer, a corn field of a different sort grew in Clark. Unlike the straight, even lines in most local fields, these corn rows twist, turn and trail off in dead-ends. The disorderly rows were intentionally planted that way to confuse those who venture into the corn maze.

"A lot of people have said they can't wait,” said Bridget Gallagher of Clark.

The Gallaghers’ Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch open to the public on Saturday, providing a variety of autumn-themed activities for kids and adults.

From Cody, take the Belfry Highway to Edelweiss and turn left on Road 1AB. Follow the signs to the corn maze.

Bridget Gallagher is pictured in the maze last week. Cody News Co. photos by Tessa Schweigert

Gallagher said she and her husband, Cecil, wanted to create a place where kids of all ages could have fun. The couple has nine children, ranging in age from 5 to 19.

"As we're constructing this, that's what we've been thinking about — 'If we brought our family here, is it something everyone would have fun doing?'" she said. "That's hard to find."

Their older kids wanted to make sure it was a difficult maze, she said. Recently, two 20-year-olds who work with the Gallaghers tried to make their way through the maze.

"We sent them in, and they had nothing to guide them; they got lost for about an hour," she said with a laugh.

With columns of corn towering at 8-9 feet above the paths, it’s easy to see how you could get turned around in the maze.


"It's definitely not for people who are claustrophobic,” Gallagher said.

While maze maps won’t be available, there will be signs posted at several junctions where folks can answer agriculture-related questions. If you answer the question correctly, it will lead you on the right path.

"That will kind of be a guide, too, if someone gets lost. They can come back to a sign and know they were there before,” Gallagher said.

The maze only has one entrance and one exit.

In addition to the six-acre corn maze, families can enjoy hay rides, a hay bale maze for younger kids, a straw bale pyramid, concessions, pumpkin bowling and more. The two-acre pumpkin patch has around 1,200-1,500 sellable pumpkins, ranging in price from $1 to $12, depending on the size.
Corn mazes are unusual in this corner of northwest Wyoming, so folks often drove to mazes in Montana.

Before starting the maze, Gallagher gauged public interest to see if people would drive from Powell, Cody and other communities to a corn maze in Clark. Gallagher posed the question in a local Facebook classifieds page, and more than 200 people responded with “yes” in one day.

“There's been a lot of support from Powell and Cody,” Gallagher said.

Clark residents also are excited about the corn maze and pumpkin patch.

"It will be good for the community, to get some positive news going for Clark," Gallagher said.
The Gallaghers have talked about doing a corn maze for a few years.

"This year, the timing was just right and we were ready to do it,” she said.

The Gallaghers plan to have the maze open every weekend through Halloween, even in inclement weather.

"We're going to be here. It's kind of that time of year when you just have to go with the flow," she said. “It could be 80 degrees or 30 — you just never know.”

Surrounded by straw bales, the pumpkin bunker is keeping the orange orbs safe from deer that frequented the nearby pumpkin patch. The 2-acre patch in Clark contains hundreds of pumpkins.

In addition to being open to the public on weekends, the maze/pumpkin patch also is open for field trips, youth groups, homeschool groups and birthday parties from Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, contact Gallagher at gallaghernaturalbeef@gmail.com.

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