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Dixon’s landmark corn maze the world’s largest – again

An aerial view of the Cool Patch Pumpkins cornfield maze in Dixon. The massive maze was recertified as the world’s largest – 63 acres.
An aerial view of the Cool Patch Pumpkins cornfield maze in Dixon. The massive maze was recertified as the world’s largest – 63 acres. rbenton@sacbee.com

Interstate 80’s most famous Halloween roadside attraction has retained its place in the record books.

Cool Patch Pumpkins’ epic corn maze has been certified once again as the world’s largest, according to Guinness World Records. Now at 63 acres, the corn maze created by brothers Matt and Mark Cooley broke its previous record.

“We know we’re the biggest in the world, but it still feels great to be in the Guinness record books as a new winner, even though we were competing with ourselves,” said Mark Cooley. “We are so proud and honored to be singled out, because making our maze is an enormous feat and we try hard each year to make it challenging and fun. We are excited about smashing our old record.”

The Cool Patch corn maze first drew Guinness’ attention in 2007 when it was originally certified as world’s largest at a mere 43.5 acres. The Cooleys have been adding a few acres to their maze every year, but it wasn’t until Monday that they were officially designated as a “record breaker.”

Tackling the maze is no easy task. “A lot of people have been telling us that it has taken them a couple of hours to get through the corn,” Matt Cooley said.

Located 20 miles west of Sacramento at Milk Farm Road, the freeway-side maze is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Halloween. Admission is $12; children age 5 and under are admitted free with adult. After dark, children and youths under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more at www.coolpatchpumpkins.com.

Now with the world record recertified, the Cooleys don’t plan to increase the size of the maze – at least for several Halloweens to come.

“We would have to be pretty crazy to even try,” said Matt Cooley. “Wait a minute – we’ve always been crazy.”

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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