Waukon Feed Ranch corn maze to benefit local FFA chapters

Corn maze to benefit local FFA chapters ... The corn maze created at the Waukon Feed Ranch Agronomy Center west of Waukon will be open to the general public Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The public can tour the maze for a freewill donation, the proceeds of which will benefit both the Waukon and Kee High School FFA programs. Photo courtesy of Waukon Feed Ranch.

The Waukon Feed Ranch has created a corn maze at its Agronomy Center location along Old Highway 9 west of Waukon once again this year, and the first full weekend in September will feature events involving that maze that will benefit two local high school FFA chapters. Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, the public can navigate the corn maze for a freewill donation that will then be disbursed between the two FFA programs at Waukon and Kee High Schools.

“We want to support the local FFA chapters because many of us at Waukon Feed Ranch are FFA alum and know what the program does for our local kids,” said Waukon Feed Ranch Human Relations Manager Michelle Winkie. “We want to see the local FFA chapters remain strong because it teaches kids leadership skills and prepares them for future careers, whether that be in agriculture or something else. Agriculture is such a large part of our community here and it just makes sense to bring many area ag groups and other businesses together along with community members to enjoy a fun fall event and to support FFA.”

Members of those local FFA chapters will be helping with the many activities taking place at the corn maze site. They will be able to answer questions about their local FFA chapter or direct those with further questions to the appropriate resource.

Winkie said the maze design will be a similar “chain-link” design to what was featured at last year’s inaugural corn maze event. This year’s maze will have a “WFR” emblem (for Waukon Feed Ranch) designed into the center, with precision planting technology once again used to create the maze, which will cover a total of 5.3 acres and involve 2.5 miles of maze trails inside.

The corn maze will be open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday for that benefit purpose. Additional activities will also be available, including kids games and live piglets. For more information about the event and all it entails, see the advertisement printed on Page 5A of this week’s issue.

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