No one is celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win in as big a way as Richardson Farm.
The Richardson family has devoted 28 acres to a corn maze commemorating the Blackhawks’ 2015 championship on its farm in Spring Grove, Ill. The maze includes the Blackhawks’ logo, which the family received permission from the organization to use, two hockey players, Chicago’s skyline, the word “Champions” and 9.1 miles of trail.
“We’re all kind of celebrating the Blackhawks having been the shiny star around Chicago for the last several years,” said Robert Richardson, who is an owner along with other family members. “If any team is going to do well, the Blackhawks have done terrifically the last few years. We’re going to help celebrate that. We want to extend the feeling a little longer than the past playoffs and looking to start up a new season in October.”
The Richardson family had originally planned an Alice in Wonderland-themed maze for 2015. The rain-heavy month of June pushed back the date for when the maze could be cut, allowing the family to make a last-minute change to its design after the Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup on June 15.
The Richardson family worked with Shawn Stolworthy of MazePlay.com to create the design, and the maze was cut over the Fourth of July weekend by using a tractor and following a GPS of the design. The maze will open on Aug. 29. More information can be found at RichardsonAdventureFarm.com.
“We’ve done football a couple times and baseball once,” Richardson said. “We’ve never done hockey as a theme for a maze. Things were later this year because of rain and then the Blackhawks won for the third time in six years. We thought it was best to jump on that bandwagon now. We’ve been asked about the Blackhawks a lot. It all worked out.”
County Line Orchard in Hobart, Ind. and Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, Ill. also dedicated corn mazes to Blackhawks designs after the team won the Stanley Cup in 2013.