XENIA — As the summer months wind down, it’ll soon be time for hay rack rides, pumpkin carving and corn mazes. Apple Country Farm Market – located at 2323 U.S. Route 42 in Spring Valley – will open it’s nine-acre corn maze Sept. 5. This year’s maze is sponsored by Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center.
The maze was cut through 300,000 living cornstalks and has over 15,000 feet of pathways.
Having a corn maze is nothing new for the Apple Country Farm Market: This is the market’s 12th year of having a corn maze. But new to recent iterations of the maze has been a focus on raising cancer awareness.
The design of this year’s maze features a cow riding a tractor, the words “Save the Udders” and the Circle of Victory logo. The Circle of Victory Fund is a Kettering Health Network fund which gives financial assistance to Greene County residents receiving cancer treatment at a network facility.
The design and the hospitals’ involvement give the maze a personal connection for Marcie and Dale Hagler, owners of the farm market and the corn maze: Marcie is a three-year breast cancer survivor.
“It was something that was pretty near and dear to my heart,” she said.
The connection with the hospitals came about through the Xenia Rotary Club, where Dale and Greene Memorial Foundation President Jeff Brock got to talking about the maze. Conversations continued and soon the connection was set.
“The fact that [Dale] wanted to do something that increases breast cancer awareness, and we have our Circle of Victory, it was just a great tie-in,” said Donna Saraga, community relations coordinator for Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center.
On various weekends throughout the corn maze season, mammography and radiology professionals from the hospitals will be at the corn maze to educate attendees about cancer and schedule mammograms.
A portion of all the proceeds generated by the corn maze will be donated back to the Circle of Victory Fund.
Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-502-4498.