Going for a Guinness record 0
This year's corn maze at Kraay Family Farms could be the next entry into the Guinness Book of World Records after designing and cutting their very own seven-acre large quick response (QR) code.
"Its fun to play with the old and the new," said Rachel Kraay. "Corn is one of the oldest crops around, it's been there since prehistoric times and to play with the new technology and to use the new technology in a field, we thought that was kind of a fun play."
The maze, which encompasses 15 acres, was planted in May and took about three days to cut into the design the Kraays had come up with. While the QR code only takes up a portion of the maze, it was still tricky work, said Kraay.
"We always make it so that it's divided into three different phases," said Kraay. "It's a little bit harder than other years."
Some of the difficulty comes from having to perfect the QR design. In order to be considered for the world record they had to make sure the code could be scanned by a Smartphone.
"(Guinness) have very specific things they need so we're still working on submitting that evidence (to) them," said Kraay. "We know it's the biggest. we've complied with all the things they need, we just need to submit it and wait."
Until then, visitors are encouraged to come out and experience the maze for themselves, but don't forget your Smartphone.
"You take your Smartphone in (to the maze) and you can scan the QR code to find out which way to turn so it's kind of a different play on the passport thing that we've done in the past," said Kraay.
Other additions to the farm this year include new slides, animals, and homemade kettle corn.
The farm opened for their season July 27 and will remain open until Oct. 20. Kraay is hoping they'll have heard from Guinness by then, but for now she hopes the attempt will bring more people out to the farm.
"We hope it'll definitely let people know more about us (especially) from different areas," said Kraay.
While the farm has only been open for slightly more than a week, there has already been a good turnout of visitors.
"Quite busy actually," said Kraay. "Lots of birthday parties and corporate parties, people camping, (and) lots of locals buying their season pass."