|Members of the Richardson family in front of their observation tower (richardsonadventurefarm.com)|
|A child zip-lining toward the Christmas|
trees that are growing at Richardson Farm
|An example of how the designing and "sculpting" |
of a corn maze may go. (www.avtankski.net)
After the cut-your-own Christmas tree business the Richardson's remained stable for a long period of time. However, they knew that more could be done with the farm to not only make it a more profitable place, but a more enjoyable place for everybody. So in 1998, when Robert Richardson attended a seminar that promoted a "40-acre corn maze near Janesville as a symbol of Wisconsin's most profitable crop", he knew exactly what needed to be done on their own farm (Starks, 2001). It seems to be a quick moment of insight by the collective group of family owner's that a maze in the farm would be a perfect idea. Like we have discussed, many times when a creative gets a great idea, they just seem to know it will work, and put a great deal of their time and energy into making that idea into a reality. This is exactly what the Richardson family decided to do. They quickly hired a designer, Shawn Stolworthy, who helped them plot designs using a laptop and a global satellite positioning system (Starks, 2001). They then spent a large amount of time spray painting the short immature corn to mark the design, and then cut into it with rototillers forming the first trails of what would be the World's Largest Corn Maze.
|An overhead view of this past years Beatles 50th anniversary|
As creative as the Richardson family is, in my few visits to the "World's Largest Corn Maze", what I have found most creative are the actual designs of the mazes. This past year they made an incredible maze of The Beatles in honor of their first U.S. appearance. This design, and countless others, represent not only the creativity that goes into designing a maze, but the greatness of the creativity of the Richardson family, who have used their creativeness to not only save their farm, but create a great place for everybody to enjoy and admire the creative process... and have great corn on the cob of course.