A popular fall festival in Lehi, Utah, is home to the third most popular corn maze in the nation, according to a recent survey from Strawberry Shortcake.
Cornbelly’s, located in Lehi, Utah, comes in at No. 3 overall and is the most popular corn maze on Instagram.
The survey looked at TikTok and Instagram hashtags and Google search data to identify popularity. Cornbelly’s had over 14,330 hashtags on Instagram and 145,200 Google searches per year.
What is Cornbelly’s?
Cornbelly’s has grown a corn maze every year since 1996 and has expanded into a huge fall festival with a number of attractions. The maze’s design changes every year, and every year features a different theme.
This year, the maze has an “Addams Family” theme — in addition to the traditional maze layout, guests can walk through aisles shaped like Wednesday and Morticia.
Cornbelly’s has a second location in Spanish Fork, Utah, which also includes a corn maze, although it did not make Strawberry Shortcake’s list. This year, the Spanish Fork maze is country-music-themed, with a tribute to country star Reba McEntire.
This isn’t the first time Cornbelly’s has garnered national attention for its corn maze. In 2021, USA Today voted it one of the top 10 in the country based on the quality of the maze itself and the other activities available at the festival.
Cornbelly’s has a huge variety of activities included with admission, including a slide, zip lines and a ropes course. Other attractions are available for additional fees, including a haunted house and carnival rides.
The festival generally opens in late September and goes until early November. Tickets start at $19.99 and children ages 2 and younger get in for free.
Corn maze FAQs
Can you eat the corn in a corn maze?
The corn grown for mazes generally isn’t the same variety you eat at the dinner table. According to the Times Union, most farms grow grain corn instead of sweet corn, the kind usually found in supermarkets. Grain corn, also called dent corn, is generally used for animal feed and for making corn syrup, per the Whole Grains Council. So while it is edible if it’s been cooked, it’s starchier and less sweet than the corn you’re used to eating.
How do you always get out of a corn maze?
While I personally enjoy getting lost and trying to find my way out again with no guidance, there are a couple of tricks to navigating a corn maze with ease. One way to make sure you can find your way out of a corn maze is to keep a map of the maze with you and track your progress. Most corn mazes will have maps available at the entrance to the maze and will have markers at certain locations so you can make sure you know where you are.
Another trick is to put your hand on one wall of corn and follow it without breaking contact until you get to the exit, according to the BBC. With this method, even if you hit a dead end, you will follow the wall back around and eventually make your way out.
What happens if you get lost in a corn maze?
If the above tips don’t help and you do get lost, there are a few ways to get assistance. Keep a cellphone on you when you enter a corn maze so you can call for help if necessary. If it’s an emergency, call 911 — otherwise, look up the contact information for the corn maze and call the listed number.
Most mazes will also keep an eye out for visitors and ensure that no one gets stuck. At Cross E Ranch in Salt Lake City, visitors who enter the maze near closing hours leave their name with an employee at the entrance. If guests don’t emerge from the exit within a reasonable time frame, employees will enter the maze to rescue them and lead them out.
If all else fails, just start yelling for help. Corn mazes tend to feel bigger than they actually are, and if you make noise, someone will hear you.
What happens to the corn from a corn maze?
This depends on the location in question, but most farms try to find a way to use the corn from their maze, whether that’s by letting their animals roam free to eat it or harvesting it for another use.
Lancaster Online reports that most farms will turn the corn into animal feed. According to CBS, one corn maze in Minnesota harvests its corn maze’s crops and saves the corn for use in its corn pits the next year.