Corn maze benefits wounded warriors

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) - Finding your way through a corn maze is a fall tradition for a lot of families but an area farm is taking the fun festivity to a whole new level.

Govin's Meats and Berries in Menomonie opened the gates to its 11-acre corn maze last weekend with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Wounded Warrior Project.

“There is one spot in the big maze this year that if you make a wrong turn I think it’s probably close to a ¼ of a mile that you’re walking to get back to the right point again,” farm owner John Govin said.

Its rows of corn as far as the eye can see, but there is something spelled out in the rows of green that carries a message near and dear to the Govin family.

“We chose to do the Wounded Warrior Project because we had a family friend that was injured a year ago and lost both legs with an improvised explosive device,” Govin said.

It was last August when the family found out that 2nd Lieutenant Jason Church was hurt in an explosion. His remarkable recovery was just one of many reasons they were inspired to help the program that has helped so many veterans.

“We did this because of them because there are a lot of vets that benefit from the program,” Govin said.

“I have a couple of buddies that were benefitting from it, when I saw that they put the Wounded Warrior logo in the maze I thought that was pretty cool,” army National Guard member Dan Schmitt said.

For Schmitt, the hidden meaning in the Govin's maze brought him to the farm and he says the cause is definitely one worth supporting.

“There are sometimes you just need to come out and just feel like you’re giving back and this helps people especially me and others that use it a lot more than I do to feel good about each other and about yourself,” Schmitt said.

The corn maze is open every Friday through Sunday until October 27th.

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