Explore: Straw Bale Maze at Whitefish Stage Organic Farms

Made from 3,500 straw bales and shaped like a gigantic castle

By Clare Menzel
Whitefish Stage Organic Farm's straw bale maze. Courtesy Photo

Explore the wonder of fall around every turn of the Whitefish Stage Organic Farms’ straw bale maze. Built from approximately 3,500 straw bales over the course of three weeks, the maze is shaped like a gigantic castle. Owner Scott Lester, who grew up drawing complicated mazes, says that it’ll be a challenge for adults and kids alike.

“If you get lucky, you could get out of there in a half hour,” he said. “If you get confused and turned around, well, it could be longer than that.”

The maze will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from Sep. 16 to Oct. 31. Lester plans to arrange games and puzzles inside the maze, open a kiddie maze and, as Halloween nears, offer haunted maze hours. Admission is $8, and children under 4 can enter for free.

There will be fresh apple cider, cotton candy, fresh popcorn, and baked goods for sale, as well as pumpkins and produce. Lester hopes the maze can be a place where people gather and connect, especially as summer dwindles and the community supported agriculture season comes to a close.

“It’s just another way to get people to come and reconnect with local agriculture,” he said.

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