Guests visiting the Kraay Family Farm will have the rare opportunity to walk through one of the newest forms of technology built by ancient means.
This year’s Lacombe Corn Maze is a giant QR code.
“This year we wanted to do something a little different and we thought that a QR code actually looks like a great maze and to create the world’s largest would be a fun thing to attempt.” explained Rachel Kraay. “We went up in a helicopter to scan the first time and it didn’t work. We did some figuring, went back to rototill the field, went up again and it worked great.
“The corn looks amazing this year and the aerial turned out great as well as the smartphone scan. Now we’re working with and submitting the evidence to Guinness to see if they’ll give us the record.”
A QR, or Quick-Response code, is a two-dimensional barcode that can be read by smartphones and dedicated QR reading devices.
“The QR code links directly to our website where visitors can find any information they may need. Guests can also find information about the charity that we, the Kraay family, chose to raise money for this year,” Kraay said.
“This year we will be working with our local food bank and also the World Food Programme to bring awareness to the problem of hunger in our world. As the WFP says, it’s the world’s greatest solvable program and we want to raise awareness about the growing food crisis around the world. We will have different opportunities throughout the season for people to get involved with the local food bank and the WFP at the Kraay Family Farm.”
Not only does the Kraay Family Farm have a giant corn maze but they also have more than 20 activities on the farmyard including a giant jumping pillow, farm animals, an enormous barn slide, pedal carts, fresh kettle corn and cotton candy, a Corn-er store filled with toys and candy, an 18-hole mini golf course, a pumpkin cannon, pig races, and much more. The farm is closed Sundays.