Winterset, Iowa (Sept. 17, 2012) The Pumpkin Ranch owners Jennifer and Dave Handsaker have accomplished what political pundits and media have been trying to do for years: they are letting people inside the heads of our presidential candidates. With the aid of a skilled crew, The Pumpkin Ranch has created 9.3 acre corn maze that will allow visitors to, literally, stroll through the mind of Mitt Romney, and see what’s really in the back of President Barack Obama’s mind.
Since 2010, The Pumpkin Ranch has invited the public onto their land to enjoy a maze and outdoor fall fun. Each year they’ve tried to top themselves, creating mazes to impress and stump Central Iowa’s best maze navigators—and there are lots of corn maze aficionados out there.
This year’s 9.3-acre, 5-mile path honoring the pending presidential election is as challenging and entertaining as the race itself. Kids and their adult navigators will wind through the maze, and stop at checkpoints in a CSI-style investigation. Checkpoints will give navigators information on their position within the maze, along with promotions and giveaways for navigators to redeem beyond the maze.
“The concept for Iowa’s Mega Corn Maze 2012 was all Jennifer’s idea,” said Dave Handsaker. “We watched the process for over six hours, as the faces of Obama and Romney slowly took shape in our corn field. It never ceases to amaze me!” A time-lapse video of the corn maze being cut is been posted on You Tube at http://youtu.be/m-KtOUP3b6c
Beyond the corn maze, The Pumpkin Ranch is teeming with a mix of traditional and unexpected outdoor adventures. From the popular zip line and tire tower, to jump houses and hayrides, families can easily spend a day in the fresh air having fun. The day ends in the patch picking pumpkins, gourds and squash.
About The Pumpkin Ranch
The Pumpkin Ranch is owned by the Handsaker family, nine-year residents of Madison County who opened their farm gates to launch The Pumpkin Ranch in 2010. The Pumpkin Ranch is open to the public September 29 through October 28th; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 5pm. Private functions and tours are available upon request. The ranch combines traditional specialty pumpkins, gourds and squash with outdoor activities for kids of all ages. Ticket prices online.