This fall, Trekkies can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series by traveling at warp speed to Northern Illinois to find a new dimension in a corn maze designed to honor the beloved science fiction franchise.
An annual attraction in Spring Grove, Illinois, the Richardson Farm's corn maze has been named among the largest in the world since 2010. Last year’s design honored the Chicago Blackhawks for their 2015 Stanley Cup win. The farm is located near the Illinois/Wisconsin border, between Chicago and Milwaukee.
This year’s plan to feature Star Trek in the design was made by farm owner George Richardson.
“We’ve gotten more sophisticated with our designs in recent years,” said Richardson in a video he uploaded to YouTube that shows the cutting of the maze, which was designed and created by Idaho-based MazePlay. In the video, Richardson also talks about getting the rights from CBS to use the Star Trek logo as the maze’s centerpiece:
As first reported by Chicagoist, the 33-acre maze will feature 11.5 miles of trails that were cut into the cornfield to re-create the likenesses of William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and the original Enterprise. The entire field is a combination of four smaller mazes, which can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours to complete. There’s also a 50-foot observation tower for anyone who gets lost.
The maze will be open to the public from Sept.3 to Oct. 30. Admission is $16 for adults and $13 for children from 4 to 12 years old.
And if you can’t make it to Illinois, there’s always the “50 Years of Star Trek” documentary scheduled to air on the History Channel on Aug. 14, and Adam Nimoy’s “For the Love of Spock,” which will have a limited theatrical release on Sept. 9.