Corn/hay maze activities set for October at Botanic Gardens at Burden

(09/16/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Because of the summer’s rainy weather, the annual corn maze at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has been dubbed the Corn/Hay Maze for 2016. The annual event will kick off with a Corn/Hay Maze Festival on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continue with special events on subsequent Saturdays in October.

Instead of walking thorough alleys of corn, visitors will travel through paths among hay bales to get to a variety of activities, said Jeff Kuehny, director of the AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.

The festival will feature a farm animal petting zoo, pumpkin painting, hay mountain climb, a corn crib where children can play, a kids zip line, a hayride and a giant slingshot. Pumpkins for painting will be on sale for $5.

“This is a great way for families to enjoy the fall with a trip to the farm during harvest season,” Kuehny said.

Corn/Hay Maze Saturdays on Oct. 8, 15 and 22 will feature activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will be able follow the hay maze to visit a farm animal petting zoo, climb a hay mountain, enjoy the kids zip line, take a hayride and shoot a giant slingshot.

The Corn/Hay Maze program will culminate with a Night Maze and Bonfire on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The family-oriented event will also include the petting zoo, hay mountain, kids zip line, hayride and giant slingshot.

A bonfire with s’mores and music will conclude the evening, and visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Admission for all Corn/Hay Maze events is $10 per person, including concession tickets; children 3 and under are admitted free.

All events will have hamburgers, popcorn, snow cones and drinks available for purchase from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers.

Presented by the LSU AgCenter and the Burden Horticulture Society, the presenting sponsor is PCS Nitrogen. Proceeds support the educational programs at the Botanic Gardens.

The Botanic Gardens at Burden is located off Interstate 10 at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

For more information, contact Mary Coco at 225-763-3990 or

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Kierstyn Allen, of Kenly, North Carolina, concentrates as she paints a pumpkin at the 2015 Corn Maze Festival at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Photo by Rick Bogren

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Young visitors run around and play on the hay mountain that was part of the 2015 Corn Maze Festival at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Photo by Olivia McClure

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