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Corn Maze owners, visitors talk about business in drought

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Farmers and ranchers aren't the only ones dealing with the dry, drought conditions. Owners of a popular tourist stop Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg, are doing their best to dodge the dry crops and they say it pays off.

It's the best time of year because business at the Heartland Country Corn Maze is in full swing.

But with record drought conditions, it hasn't been easy.

"It's sad because when we planted it, everything was coming up, it looked so beautiful nice and green... Then with no rain, it deteriorated from there,"  Karen Sproul said.

They planted the maze corn crops later than normal to keep them green and tall to last through Halloween. So far, they have, luckily surviving on the little rain we've had.

"I've had a lot of calls from people wondering how the corn maze is doing because they're hearing everything that it's brown and short, and it's not good," Sproul said.

While some of the maze has fallen victim to the drought, visitors like Amy Koller, are happy it hasn't affected all of it.

"For the experience it's important we get the rain we need so the corn can grow and be tall so you can't see over top of it. That would ruin the fun if you could see over the top and see where you're going," Amy Koller said.

Koller knows the dry weather has taken its toll around much of the state and there's little anyone can do.

"I know that's how a lot of people around here make their living. If they don't get enough rain, they can't make the money they need to keep their business doing. It's important they get the rain and it's not coming like it should," Koller said.

Sproul hopes to get just enough rain to keep the crops green and business up through the rest of a busy season.

For more information about visiting the Heartland Country Corn Maze, visit the following link: http://www.heartlandcountrycornmaze.com/

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