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Alumni of the Corn

Smack in the middle of the cotton fields just south of San Angelo, you’ll find one of the top 10 corn mazes in Texas – and in the fall of 2018, it included a huge shape of the ASU logo.

The Circle S Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is now in its fourth year of operation and is a labor of love for Angelo State alumni Chad and Lindsey Schaertl, both former standout ASU athletes. Chad was a conference champion thrower for the Rams track and field team, and Lindsey (nee Leatherman) was an all-conference Rambelles basketball player. They got the idea for their corn maze operation from the At’L Do Farms Corn Maze in Shallowater near where Lindsey grew up in the Texas Panhandle.

“It’s a place for parents and their kids to go be outside and enjoy each other.”

“I went there after we first got married,” Chad said, “and I’d never seen anything like it. What I really liked is that there were moms and dads playing with their kids rather than texting on their phones. They were making memories, and I thought it would be a perfect thing for the San Angelo area. It’s a place for parents and their kids to go be outside and enjoy each other.”

“It has also been good for us,” Lindsey added, “because our kids enjoy working with us. It’s something we can all do together as a family.”

The Corn Maze covers four acres on the Schaertl’s property in nearby Wall. They plant the corn in July, and the maze is open yearly from the last weekend in September to the first weekend in November. Right next to the maze is the Pumpkin Patch with its wide variety of pumpkins, a huge pumpkin trebuchet (catapult), a kid’s playground, and a decorative pond and waterfall.

Other available activities include corn cannons, a barrel train, pumpkin bowling and wall ball mazes. First opened in 2016, the Circle S Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is already ranked among the “10 Best Corn Mazes in Texas” by Best of AmericanTowns, and attendance doubled from about 6,000 people in 2016 to over 12,000 last year. Besides being open to the public, it is also a popular field trip destination for elementary schools, home school groups and retirement communities.