Rick Lattin explains why they decided on this year’s theme, “I wanted to highlight the dairy industry because many people don’t realize Fallon is home to the majority of Nevada’s dairy farms. With the development of the new milk processing plant, our local community will have 40 new jobs and our dairy farmers will have increased opportunity to market their milk. It’s very exciting that milk from Fallon will be dehydrated and shipped around the world for people to enjoy. We should celebrate that!”
The corn maze started as a way to increase on-farm visits during harvest time. However, it has since become a destination for many northern Nevada residents. In 2011, more than 10,000 people toured the maze and the on-farm Old Fashioned Produce Stand received more than 25,000 visitors. The Fallon-based corn maze has even received the attention of the White House blog.
Since the maze has become so popular, the Lattins have taken the opportunity to use it as a tool to educate visitors on the importance of agriculture, farmers, local food and Nevada history. This year, maze-goers will have an opportunity to win a small pumpkin by testing their knowledge of the Nevada dairy industry, cows and milk through various maze quiz trail questions.
Maze tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 14. Children younger than 4 are free. To see pictures of the 2012 corn maze design and receive a $1-off coupon for adult admission, visit www.lattinfarms.com.