At a time when many Americans seem concerned and anxious as they see great American traditions, beliefs and values come under assault on an almost daily basis, they can take comfort that at the Fritzler Family Farms and corn maze these values are as cherished as ever.
This year’s theme is a tiger named Kamal, one of over 67 tigers currently residing at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg. The sanctuary contains over 400 tigers, bears, wolves, bears, lions and other large carnivores that have been rescued from various situations where they were raised in captivity, often in horrific conditions including living in small quarters as “pets.” The animals now live on 720 acres where they are permitted to roam freely with others of their own kind.
Glen Fritzler, who with his wife Pam and the rest of his family have sponsored the Fritzler Corn Maze since 2000, have used a variety of maze designs over the years. Some of the designs and themes included the Wizard of Oz, Denver Broncos themes, tributes to the military and first responders as well as everyday Americans.
While the mazes cover a diverse group of themes one central underlying element is that each year the maze also represents traditional American values of patriotism, sports, hard work, and other themes that are distinctly American. If one loves America, they will find a welcome reception at Fritzler Family Farms.
The Fritzler Maze, located at 20861 County Road 33 in LaSalle Colorado has many of the same attractions such as the u-pick pumpkin patch, live pig races, paintball buses, pillow jumps, pedal go-carts, and pumpkin cannons. Of course, in addition to the maze, after dark there is always Scream Acres, an outdoor prop filled haunted house that comes to life…or death with its Zombie themed line-up. And let’s not forget about the Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus.
America has always been a forward looking nation, including going back to President Thomas Jefferson when he made the Louisiana Purchase, which gave the United States the land that would include one day include northeaster Colorado and Weld County. The Fritzler’s keep this vision and tradition alive by always having new attractions each year. This time around they have Escape from Al-corn-traz, which features a pair of cutting edge escape rooms. Inside, participants have an opportunity to solve clues and puzzles in order to find a way to escape the rooms within an allotted time frame.
While some may ask what does a tiger have to do with American values, our nation has long had a love affair with animals. In years gone by, many remember the adventures of Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, or even Sgt. Preston and his wonder dog King. Of course, who can forget other memorable animal stars such as Trigger, Silver, and Gene Autry’s horse Champion. Then of course, there is Clarence, the cross-eyed lion.
As a nation founded on Christian values, it is no surprise to find this same concern in the pages of scripture. In the Garden of Eden, the bible records how God brought all the animals to Adam “to see what he would call them.” In addition, the book of Proverbs states “a righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.” Those raised on farms have a special relationship with animals, whether it be livestock, service animals or pets.
This unique relationship America has with pets and other animals has been noted by Eric Wowoh, a Liberian refugee who as a young boy survived the nation’s civil war in the 1990s. After hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ, Wowoh eventually resettled to America as part of the refugee program. Eric, the founder of Change Action Network, a non-profit to help build schools and provide other assistance to those in Liberia loves America and says he believes we are the greatest country on earth, and that America was created by God to be a light to the world.
In his upcoming book, “Saving America’s Stepchild,” Wowoh noted one of the indicators of how blessed America is can be found in how they treat animals, compared to the rest of the world.
“In the entire human history of our world, I believe there has never, ever been a nation as rich and prosperous as the American people. America is definitely the beacon of hope for the world,” Wowoh said.”
He went on to say that one of the things that inspired him after the horrors he experienced was that “every living creature in America has hope, including pets. In the entire human history of our world, I believe there has never, ever been a nation as rich and prosperous as the American people. America is definitely the beacon of hope for the world!”
“The birds of the air are being fed every year and American pets have their own hospitals, supermarkets, adoption programs, special bakeries and even a government protection agency to keep them safe from cruelty. You can appreciate the fact this was a shocking experience for me after arriving from a refugee camp where we spent years with little or no food to eat, let alone being able to have the amenity of a pet.”
The Fritzler Maze will open this Saturday, September 19 through October 31. The opening hours are 11am – 5pm Saturday and noon- 5pm on Sunday. Starting September 25th, hours are Saturdays 11am – 10pm, Sundays noon- 5pm, and Fridays 5pm – 10pm, closed Monday through Thursday. Beginning October 14th, Wednesday and Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Fridays 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 11am – 10pm and Sundays noon- 5pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. The haunted attractions and Scream Acres open Friday September 25th at dusk. Haunting takes place every day the maze is open except Sundays. Daytime tickets are $10 for ages 3 to 10 or $13 for 11 and over for a combo ticket that includes the maze and the courtyard activities make it a Super Combo for $18 – $20 and you can include the paintball adventure! Haunted tickets are $20 for all ages and $35 with the Zombie Paintball Slayer. There is no charge for parking and individual courtyard activities can be purchased for as little as $1.00 each.
For more information about the Wild Animal Sanctuary visit www.wildanimalsanctuary.org
For more information about the maze visit www.Fritzlermaze.com