Getting lost in a corn maze is part of the fun, until you need a police K-9 unit to get you out. That's apparently what happened, according to the Boston Globe, to a family in Massachusetts that had to call 911 for a rescue because it was getting dark.

Around 6:35 p.m., Danvers police received a call from a family who couldn’t find their way out of the seven-acre corn maze at Connor’s Farm in Danvers, and were getting nervous because it was dark. A police officer and K-9 unit quickly located the family.

“We design the maze so that people get lost,” said Bob Connors, owner of the farm.

Though the farm closes at 6 p.m., they let guests continue to walk around the maze past closing time, and farm staff attends the maze until the last guest has left, Connors said.

“We don’t like to rush people out of the maze. We like to give people their money’s worth,” Connors said. “I’m sure they won’t be the last family who gets lost in there.”

An AP version of the story points out that the family was rescued only 25 feet from the street.

Couldn't help wondering if that has happened locally, so I called the owners of one of the largest corn maze in the Twin Cities -- the 14-acre Sever's maze in Shakopee



"We've never had that happen," said owner Sharon Peterson. "We've got like five or six people in there helping out" and the maze also closes well before darkness. It used to stay open late, though, and there were times when volunteers had to go back in to extract the remaining visitors.

"We would get a little nervous when we were getting ready to leave," she said, "and there were still a couple cars in the lot."

The cornstalk barriers have browned and thinned out a bit, but Peterson said the maze is in great shape for families who plan to visit yet this month. Corn mazes in the area include the 15-acre maze at Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings and several others. and have reasonably up-to-date lists for the state.

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