The 2012 Iowa Maize Maze near Elgin, Iowa, is once again being sponsored by Upper Iowa University. Alum Harold Waterman has designed this work of art for the past three years.
FAYETTE, Iowa (October 12, 2012) – For the third consecutive year, Upper Iowa University alum Harold Waterman has once again applied his talents to designing the Iowa Maize Maze located at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, just east of Elgin on Highway B64. The Maize Maze 2012 design promotes the bike and Turkey River corridor trails, and includes the words, "Fast Foot" and a canoeing scene.
A special event, "Find Your Way Through the Maze," is being held in conjunction with TAKO (Take A Kid Outdoors) Saturday, October 20, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free. Everyone is invited to explore the corn maze and solve nature questions. Laverne Swensen of Clermont, Iowa, runs the maze and will be on-hand to guide groups through the maze, discuss the history of agriculture, explain some of the examples of early farm equipment that are at the site, as well as describe the continued importance of agriculture in society today. In addition, the Gilbertson Nature Center will be open with many exhibits on display. Other activities include a demonstration of trained horses and ponies by the burgeoning Amish community in the Elgin and Clermont area.
UIU first became involved with the Maize Maze in 2007 with a design by Art Professor John Siblik that honored the University's 150th anniversary. Siblik also designed the maze in 2008, followed by UIU alumna Sheila Miller in 2009, and Waterman in 2010 and 2011.
In addition to the TAKO event, the maze is open Friday through Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Halloween haunted maze events will be held Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The last day for the maze is October 27.
For more information regarding the TAKO event, or for tickets, contact Siblik at 563-425-4269 or 563-425-5241, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the 2012 Maize Maze, log on to www.iowamaizemaze.org.
Upper Iowa University is a sponsor of the Iowa Maize Maze.
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.