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Last maze days: Final year of Swainston’s free corn maze | Preston Citizen

Last maze days: Final year of Swainston’s free corn maze

September 29, 2012


Citizen editor

Mandy Swainston Fleshman has been building a corn maze in Winder since she was 11 years old. Now at 23, married and moving to San Diego, the corn maze will fade into cow corn heaven. This will be the last year the daughter of Kay and Lorie Swainston will do the maze.

Fleshman is going to California as the wife of a mechanical engineer husband who is going to work on drones for the U.S. Air Force. She is no slouch either when it comes to education. The Preston High School graduate is in the process of writing her dissertation to finish her Master’s Degree in geotechnical engineering from Utah State University.

Mandy started the corn maze in a half acre sweet corn patch for the first four or five years. As the popularity grew, so did the need for more space. Fleshman got permission to move it to the three acre, what she calls “cow cornfield” or silage corn.

Mandy Swainston Fleshman stands by the entrance of this year’s corn maze. The field has
been in corn for the past decade and next year a different crop will take its place.

The corn was planted in the spring and about July 4, as the corn grew to about six inches, Fleshman took her mother’s riding lawnmower and started cutting a path through the new corn. The corn grew and the path became more evident the taller it got. The furrows are not large enough to cause a problem with people walking along the paths.

This story is sponsored by FCMC “Brake for Breakfast.”

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