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Another day another maze

Live animals and a Fairy Tale Trail in La Union

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In the town of La Union between Las Cruces and El Paso, 1101 Highway 28, Lucy Sondgeroth and her husband Robert have been running a corn maze and adding attractions for 21 years.

A fall season borderland tradition for many families, folks can enjoy not only the 13-acre maze, pumpkin patch and jumping pillow but also the 20 other attractions to choose from.

There are two mazes to choose from, one short and easy and the other quite a bit more challenging. Since the site is open weekends until 10 p.m., you can take a flashlight and wander the mazes at night for an additional challenge.

“We try to make the maze relevant to what’s going on in the world,” Sondgeroth said. “We put farming into it. This year we put some sunflowers and a tribute to health workers.”

Visitors can usually find Sondgeroth at the concessions stand, selling tokens for treats like corn cobs and brisket sandwiches as well as snacks and drinks.

“We have been pretty busy,” she said. “It has been a great challenge this year. It’s hard to get people to come to work these days.”

The site is open for schools to schedule field trips during the week, but reservations are a bit harder to get this year. Last year, the farm was completely shut down except for pumpkin sales.

“We capped the schools this year because we didn’t want to have more than a certain number,” she said. “We need to ease into it.”

You can take the kids on a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch – 13 acres -- where they can they pick a pumpkin and then return back.

Hours for the public are 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Visit www.launionmaze.com for information and tickets.