The clues don't give all the answers. They just keep you on the right track.
Occasionally, people do get trapped in the maze. They get flustered or turned around and after a while can't find their way. To prevent a nervous breakdown and for safety, the Milton corn maze has a couple of "Corn Cops," whose job it is to watch over the maze and shepherd the lost and the frazzled to safety.
"Most of the time they'll tell us they do not want help," Cooper said, but the Corn Cops are there just in case.
Cooper estimates they have 8,000 to 9,000 visitors who stop by each year and try to plow through the spiraling corridors to the exit. It's fun for him and, as far as businesses go, seems to be recession-proof.
Nothing goes to waste either. At the end of the season, the corn is harvested, stored and used to feed Cooper's cattle.
Cooper says the corn maze can have deeper meaning than just an autumn amusement. It can also be a meditation on life.
"The little decisions affect the big decisions. The big decisions can push you ahead or drag you down."
It's something to think about.
Something else to think about is proper footwear. The maze is a cornfield. Stiletto heels are a bad idea. Cooper also suggest people think about their cell phones before they go into the maze.
"We tell people if they take their cell phones into the maze," and really, he can see no point in doing that, "they should set their phones to ring loudly."
Every year, cell phones get lost in the corn maze. One year, Cooper and company counted 50 they'd found.
"Don't set it on vibrate."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com