Richardson's winning designs were the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' first album in 2013, and the 200th Anniversary of the Bombardment of Ft. McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner", in 2014.
The Richardsons will unveil their 2015 design soon, when the corn is "knee-high".
Located near Spring Grove, Ill., just a 60-mile drive northwest of Chicago, Richardson Adventure Farm is home to the "world's largest and most intricate" corn maze. The three Richardson families own and operate the 30-acre maze, plus 20-some related activities, such as pig races, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, zip line and pedal carts. Richardsons have been farming the land since 1840. They planted their first Christmas trees in 1982, and their first corn maze in 2001. The maze is open from the last weekend in August through the last weekend in October; the Christmas tree farm is open from the Friday after Thanksgiving through Dec. 23.
Founded in 1986, NAFDMA is an organization of American and Canadian farmers who market their products directly to the public, from alpacas to zucchini, including corn mazes, apple orchards, farm stands and farm-to-fork dinners.
Richardson Adventure Farm is located at 909 English Prairie Rd. near Spring Grove in McHenry County, Ill., about a 60-minute drive northwest of Chicago, just south of the Wisconsin state line, and a short drive north of I-90 at the Huntley/Crystal Lake exit. For more information, phone 815-675-9729 or go to www.RichardsonAdventureFarm.com.