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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Good scares abound at the Green Canyon Farms corn maze

By Stephanie Bassett

November 3, 2008 | I was lost and scared to death. I hid in the corn . . . waiting for the chainsaw man to finally creep past me so I could quickly get away without having to hear that dreaded chainsaw get fired up again. He slowly stopped right in front of me as if he could sense someone was near. I crouched down further in anticipation and suddenly a quiet giggle escaped my mouth.

As I reached up to cover my mouth, he saw me and here he came! He lifted his chainsaw in the air; I screamed and then burst into laughter as I sprinted out of his sight, quickly hiding behind another row of corn waiting for my friends to pass the dreaded chainsaw man and join me.

This is the experience you will get to enjoy when you attend the Green Canyon Farms haunted corn maze in North Logan. Personally, I think corn mazes are amazing. My adrenaline was at an all time high and I could have competed with Olympic runners that night. The thrill of being horribly scared without actually being in danger is one that is worth the five dollar payment to get in. Plus, if you are anything like me, you will get a LOT of exercise as you sprint from row to row, hoping to avoid scary people as much as possible.

I also enjoy the feeling of being completely lost. It was quite strange to me that I could be five miles from my home, but completely confused as to what direction I should even be going. The corn towered over me and even when using a map, it was near impossible to find a way out. I spent one hour and 45 minutes in the maze, and a third of that time was spent getting away from chainsaw men and the many other creepy people that roamed the maze.

It's not very often one can go out and enjoy nature, but in a corn maze you have plenty of time to enjoy the crisp autumn evening. The smell of the corn, the lack of light pollution, the stars shining brightly above, and a hot chocolate to sip afterwards is an irreplaceable experience. It's a great activity that everyone can enjoy, no matter your age.

The Green Canyon Farms corn maze is the largest maze in Cache Valley. It covers 13 acres and has a unique design each year.

Corn mazes are a lot of fun. It's one of those things you should try at least once in your lifetime. Believe me, you won't regret it. Green Canyon Corn Maze is located at 2850 N. 100 East in Logan (next to the Ice Arena). It costs $6 for adults, $5 for students, and children 3-11 cost $4. It's open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from noon to midnight.

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