A Northern California farm says it will likely scale back its cornfield maze next season after a number of people got lost and ended up calling 911.
The Cool Patch Pumpkins corn maze in Dixon, near Sacramento, was the biggest in the world — too big for some visitors, who got so thoroughly lost in it that they called 911 to be rescued, according to reports.
Some of this could be the maze's fault: The maze was 20 acres bigger than it had been in recent years, and it stayed open until 8 p.m., well after sunset, which is when most of the 911 calls came in.
The 63-acre maze drew people from all over the state and caused a lot of headaches for the Solano County Sheriff's Department. One sheriff's deputy told the Chronicle the department received about seven calls last month from people lost inside the maze.
The maze’s proprietors plowed down the corn maze earlier this week after getting it verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The trend of corn maze visitors getting lost and then summoning police is a nationwide phenomenon, Modern Farmer notes.
The maze took about 2 hours to escape "on a good day," the magazine reported.
The family that created the maze said this is actually a pretty quiet year compared to past years.