Aug 2, 2013
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Roller Coaster Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield Debuts Saturday

Roller Coaster Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield Debuts Saturday

A sunflower maze at Lyman Orchards from the website.

If you’ve never been to the regionally famous Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, you’re missing out on an awful lot, from pick-your-own fruit to the homemade pies and the gourmet Apple Barrel Market—and you’re also missing out on one of the most fun Connecticut summer pastimes, the annual sunflower maze.

But don’t worry; you haven’t missed it this year.

Lyman announced this week that rain and cool temperatures in June had an effect on the sunflower crop that caused a delay in the opening of the maze, which now makes its debut tomorrow, Aug. 3.

The theme this year? Roller coasters.

“Excessive rains and cooler-than-normal temperatures during the first two weeks of June slowed the growth of the sunflowers,” Lyman said in a release. “However, Mother Nature stepped in, and the recent heat spell has helped the sunflowers catch up. Lyman officials expect an awesome display and challenging maze by opening day … .”

The maze features a “spectacular display of 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers in a three-acre roller coaster design.”

Adding to the appeal for kids, Buddy, that smart, fun and curious T-Rex from PBS’s “Dinosaur Train” is scheduled to be on hand at the Sunflower Maze throughout the day tomorrow, Aug. 3, starting at 10 a.m.

As much fun as seeing Buddy and navigating the maze will be, the best part is where a bunch of the money from admission fees from most of August goes. Lyman Orchards will donate $1 from each admission to support the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The maze will be open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lyman says in a release, and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. Visitors can save $1 per ticket by ordering online at lymanorchards.com, using the discount code “mazes.”

The last entrance to the maze is at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-349-6015. Group rates are available for companies or outings, please contact 860-349-6058. The 2013 maze is sponsored by Shore Publishing and Connecticut Public Television.

Lyman Orchards is located at 32 Reeds Gap Road in Middlefield.

                   

Roller Coaster Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield Debuts Saturday

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