By Don Lowe

Fall is coming and there’s no better evidence of that than the annual Exeter (Missouri) Corn Maze getting under way again early this month.

There will be plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors to get excited about all the wide-ranging entertainment options that help make this a destination for so many people across the Four-State Region from early September through early November.

The Facebook page for Exeter Corn Maze says, “We’ve added so many new and exciting additions for our guests and cannot wait to spend this fall with your family.”

Robyn Cole, co-owner of this spectacular fall sensation, along with her husband, Artie, says, “We started the Haunted Barn in 1999. We later added just the Corn Maze and then decided to add pumpkins and more activities in 2011. It has grown from there to what it is today.”

And today it brings to life so many ghoulishly fun things to do, such as The Bunker, Zombie Paintball, The Haunted Corn Trail and Frights N’ Lights for a spooky good time.

There are plenty of other familiar autumn attractions, like the sunflower fields, pumpkin patch and pumpkin booth and an apple orchard.

All those who venture here are sure to find an almost endless variety of games and rides, including everything from animated shows, a crazy hayride roller coaster, Patchy’s Freefall Ride, Pumpkin Summit Mega Slide, carousel, Happy Apple Trolley, axe throwing, zipline, go karts, hayrides, corn pits, barn swings and lots more.

“Our most popular attractions are the rides and the haunts,” Robyn says. “We pride ourselves on changing, adding and working year-round to make Exeter unique in every way.”

Along with all the pure joy and thrills over everything there is to do and see, no one will go hungry either as concessions are filled with burgers, chicken strips, funnel cakes, street corn and kettle corn among several other mouthwatering and taste-tempting food choices.

It might be quite the extravaganza, but it’s a simple concept at the heart of it all and Robyn describes this perfectly in saying, “We have everything fall in spot. And it’s on the farm, which we know people enjoy.”

Robyn and her family have every reason to be happy about all they’ve done to make Exeter Corn Maze a reality and she humbly says, “I’m proud of it because of all the hard work Artie and I have put into it, along with our two children and employees.”

Most of all, the Coles and all those who work alongside them are ecstatic at providing families with a picture-perfect setting to make memories of a lifetime and experience an outing they won’t soon forget.

Exeter Corn Maze Fast Facts 

What: The Exeter (Missouri) Corn Maze

When: Saturday, Sept. 2-Sunday, Nov. 5

Where: State Highway MM, Exeter, Missouri (Note: Continue following Highway MM south until it comes to an end, then turn left at the stop signs. There are signs along the road to help you on your way.)

Hours: Friday 2:30-10:30 p.m./Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m./Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m./Wednesday 5-8:30 p.m.

Cost: General admission is $22.95 for adults and $20.95 for children 12 and under ($2 off Fridays). General admission with Haunted Activities is $32.95 for adults, $30.95 for children 12 and under ($2 off Fridays). Note: The only additional cost is for go-karts, $6.95 for adults and $5.95 for children 12 and under. Also Note: Gem mining and face painting prices may vary.