ZOINKS! It's a Scooby maze in Woodstock
By JAMI KUNZER – firstname.lastname@example.org
All Seasons Corn Maze
WHEN: Through October
WHERE: All Seasons Apple Orchard, 14510 Route 176, Woodstock
INFO: 12-acre corn maze features Scooby Doo, his best friend, Shaggy, and the words, “Volo Auto Museum” carved into several acres of corn. For more on All Seasons Apple Orchard, call 815-338-5637 or visit www.allseasonsorchard.com. For more on Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, call 815-385-3644 or visit www.volocars.com.
All Seasons Apple Orchard has answered the question many a cartoon fan has asked: Scooby Doo, where are you?
The Woodstock orchard features Scooby Doo and his best friend, Shaggy, carved into several acres of corn.
All Seasons paired with the Volo Auto Museum to promote both attractions this season.
Along with Scooby Doo and Shaggy, the words “Volo Auto Museum” make up the corn maze at All Seasons. In return, the museum has parked Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine for display at the orchard throughout the fall.
When asked to be a part of All Seasons’ fall activities, museum Director Brian Grams liked the idea, even though he had yet to visit the orchard.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Grams said. “Not many people get to say, ‘Our company name was cut into a cornfield.’ ”
The partnership started after an office conversation at All Seasons in which employees were brainstorming this year’s corn maze design.
Office Manager Christine Gardner suggested they look into the Volo Auto Museum and its many movie- and television-themed cars.
“It seemed like a great opportunity not only to have a fun theme, but to develop a partnership with a local business, as well,” said Esther Hong, All Seasons’ director of marketing.
Open now through October, the maze spans about 12 acres and features 3 miles of pathways as well as a lookout bridge. The Mystery Machine will be on view throughout the season.
The Volo museum will provide All Seasons with its Batmobile for a special daylong appearance as part of the orchard’s Sept. 21 car show. Those who register their antique or vintage cars for the show receive a free combo admission, including apple picking and barnyard activities, for three people.
A trip through the corn maze is part of the orchard’s barnyard activities package. At the end of September, the orchard will feature a pumpkin patch.
So far, the maze has been a hit, Hong said.
“I think there are people my age that remember growing up watching Saturday morning cartoons,” she said. “The younger generations are excited too and surprisingly very familiar with Scooby Doo.”
Though All Seasons opened more than 20 years ago, the family owned business only started doing corn mazes several years ago.
“I think it’s ... a fun thing to do,” Hong said. “It’s something someone of any age can do. Teenagers like doing it. Grandparents like doing it with children. It’s a challenge to get through it. It’s a unique way to spend your time in the fall.”
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