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Getting lost in Lyman Orchards corn maze has found plenty of dollars for charity

Since 2000, the ever-popular attraction has raised about $700,000 for cancer research.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Now in its 22nd year, the Lyman Orchard’s Corn Maze is open again on four acres in Middlefield.

This year, the theme of the maze is classic Rock & Roll. But beyond the twists and turns of the always popular maze, there has been a charity aspect that has grown over the past two decades as well.

“Since we started in 2000 with our first maze, we’ve donated a dollar of every ticket sold to the American Cancer Society and since 2000 we’ve raised nearly $700,000,” John Lyman, the owner of Lyman Orchards, said.

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With another busy season this fall, Lyman is expecting the proceeds for the American Cancer Society to increase again.

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“It’s pretty incredible,” said Lyman, “We never thought we’d ever get to that number [$700,000] and it keeps growing every year.”

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He added that the customer base for the corn maze and agritourism on the 1,100 acres of his orchards has remained steady.

“It really is a testament to the support of our customers,” he said, “and it’s a dedicated way to raise money.”

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When asked about the 22-year old family tradition of the corn maze Lyman said: “It’s a fall classic, absolutely.”

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It is currently apple and pumpkin picking season at Lyman’s.

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To learn more about this year’s Lyman Orchards Corn Maze, their Halloween happenings, and the Pick Your Own seasons click here.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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