Oregon Corn Maze // (c) 2009 Portland Maze
Visitors to the Portland metropolitan area can show a little Oregon love this fall as the "Maize" at the Pumpkin Patch returns to Sauvie Island for its 12th year.
The annual attraction incorporates a unique design in its popular five-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch, which attract thousands of visitors each fall. Drawing on the creative talents of Chris Bucci, the cornfield will be transformed into a life-sized maze based on the Heart In Oregon stickers visitors can see adorning everything from bikes to cars and laptop computers in the city.
Heart In Oregon, a symbol that allows Oregonians to express their love for their homeland, was created when Bucci drew a heart inside an outline of the state of Oregon on a napkin. The image symbolized the home he had searched for all his life, one that he would never leave. Since making that first drawing, more than 130,000 replica stickers have been distributed.
Though the cornfield maze is designed to be solved without help, a map is available to those who want to avoid the challenges along the mile-long route. Founder Craig Easterly said the Heart In Oregon design was a great fit for the maze, which changes designs each season. Past designs have included the Portland Trail Blazers' logo and Halloween images.
The maze is open through Oct. 31. Admission is $7 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.