Is This Heaven....No, it's Iowa!

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The Cedar Rapids Kernels corn maze at Bloomsbury Farms

Only in Iowa would you get something like this.  Just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, there's a corn maze on the property of Dave and Karen Petersens like no other.  It's located on Bloomsbury Farm.  The history of this place is amazing!

A penniless Joseph Hagan came over from Ireland to the US in 1856.  He and his wife Margaret established what is now known as Bloomsbury Farm.  The farm was widely diversified with livestock and land.  Joseph worked the land until his death in 1907, leaving the 400 acres of prime Iowa real estate to his family.  Joseph Hagan Jr. took over the land, and it has passed from generation to generation.

Dave Petersen, a fifth generation farmer, has taken over the responsibilities of the land from his grandfather Chester and his brother Kenneth.  Keeping with the diverse tradition, Dave and his wife Karen still harvest over 2,000 acres of land annually, while providing a wide variety of year round agritainment (add this to your list of new words) to the public.  They offer a 10-acre corn maze, hayrack rides, the area's largest pumpkin patch, a gift shop, green house and so much more.

You might be asking yourself, "What is that corn maze a picture of?"  That's a picture of the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) logo with the mascot, Mr. Shucks (as in shucking corn, get it???).  Look at the logo with the baseball coming out between the corn leaves.  Four years ago, that logo was the number one sports logo in the United States. 

Heaven you, it's just another slice of easy life in the great state of Iowa.


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Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
See what you can do with GPS! Very cute.
Oct 05, 2006 08:56 AM #1
Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers
Noted Curmudgeons - Saint Paul, MN

Truly a-MAZE-ing! We have at least one corn maze here in your neighbor to the north, but not nearly on this scale (we're not nearly as "corny" as Iowa).

I enjoyed reading the history of the farm as well. Pardon me while stare at the photo some more.


Oct 05, 2006 09:27 AM #2
Marguerite Crespillo
Marguerite Crespillo - Roseville, CA
That is so cool!  People always amaze me at what they can do when they put their mind to it.
Oct 05, 2006 09:36 AM #3
Mrs. Sheri Ann Johnson, GRI
Tropic Shores Realty - Spring Hill, FL

That's fantastic! My husband gives me a hard time about keeping our large yard cut... Imagine if he had to trim this up each weekend!

Congratulations on the gold star too!  : )

Oct 05, 2006 09:51 AM #4
Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
Took my mom back there just this summer she is from Iowa will have to check this out next time we are there.
Oct 05, 2006 10:18 AM #5
Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Wow, wish I had an airplane to fly over and take my own picture!  Very cool!  Good post...

I love Iowa!

Oct 05, 2006 12:27 PM #6
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

yes, very cool. Around me, you won't see this..everything is too built up.....


Oct 05, 2006 12:43 PM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
We have a couple of corn mazes here, but nothing that elaborate.
Oct 05, 2006 02:22 PM #8
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
i lived in Iowa once upon a time with my sales territory being the entire state...what memory is most firmly impressed in my mind?  the State Fair and the Last Supper made entirely out of butter.  It was the butter lady sculptor's 70th year or something like that.  truly amazing and VERY iowa!  loved it
Oct 05, 2006 02:38 PM #9
Sara Lipnitz
Max Broock Realtors - Birmingham, MI

Field of dreams is one of my absolute favorite movies of all times.  I cry everytime I watch it.  It really is a wonderful story.

Love the maze.  Very cool!

Oct 05, 2006 04:20 PM #10
inactive AR account
Dayton, OH

Those old crop circles are downright boring compared to this. What a fun way to show some spirit.

Oct 05, 2006 05:57 PM #11
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Aw, shucks! This is the corniest post I've ever read! Christopher, you guys in Iowa have entirely WAY too much time on your hands!

Yee Haw!

Rich Jacobson,


Oct 05, 2006 06:21 PM #12
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

 Christopher, Every time I read your posts, it brings back fond memories of the few short years I was co-owner of a home in Williamsburg, Iowa, back in the late 1980s.  I never lived there, but I visited my friend (the property's co-owner) often.  The home was called the "Humprey House", it was built in 1896 (if I remember right) and it was just beautiful.  Thank you for the walks down memory lane.


Oct 06, 2006 01:27 AM #13
Christine Adler - Fort Lauderdale, FL
SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL
It is funny how many forms of art there are in the world. SO much beauty. How would this affect an appraisal?
Oct 06, 2006 02:33 AM #14
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
What is the "final destination" on the maze?
Oct 06, 2006 03:03 AM #15
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
32 years of providing fully satisfying service!
I am reporting you to Kevin Cosner and James Earl Jones for usurpation!!!!
Oct 06, 2006 04:50 AM #16
Donna Quanrud
Coldwell Banker Burnet - Eden Prairie, MN
Donna Quanrud Southwest Metro Homes

We have corn mazes in Minnesota but I think this one has us beat.

Oct 06, 2006 05:47 AM #17
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
The best thing to come out of Iowa is I35 because that is what leads back to Minnesota.  An old Iowa joke.  Honest I love Iowa it is like a buffer zone so we don't have to be too close to mo.
Oct 06, 2006 09:19 AM #18
Home Design
Alpharetta, GA
Home Design and Real Estate

Thats awesome, we have a corn maze at Cagles Dairy farm in Canton, but it's only a Tenth of that size.  I wonder how long that took to make.

Canton Real Estate

Oct 07, 2006 12:53 AM #19
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

You were my muse for a blog about mazes.

The last Ohio link in my shows a local maze that is pretty good but it's not Iowa.

Oct 09, 2006 06:01 PM #20
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