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Rexburg Straw Maze builds community and economy

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) – There’s an old saying that it’s better to give more than you get.

Since 2007, the Rexburg Straw Maze has been entertaining and frightening people in Madison County. In 2023 the straw maze has expanded; Adding new attractions and increasing staff.

Greg Schneider is the long-time haunt manager for the Straw Maze. He tells us that they employ five times as many people as they did 17 years ago.

“When we first started haunting this place, we did it with six or seven people,” Schneider said. “They jumped on the bales and ran around corners, always trying to reach people.”

“Now we’re at the point where I’m probably putting more than 35 monsters in this maze.”

This increase in personnel isn’t just limited to the terror team. The Straw Maze hires people to man the ticket counter, do security checks, and set up and dismantle at the end of the season. That’s something Schneider says isn’t possible with many seasonal attractions.

“We are proud to pay for our haunted attractions,” Schneider said. “A lot of them (other haunted attractions) operate on a volunteer basis.”

“Fortunately, we have grown to the point where this is no longer a problem for us.”

Schneider adds that hiring local students helps boost the economy in the Rexburg area.

“By injecting a little money into our high school and college students, they can take that money and spend it right here in town.”

But before anyone can get to work, the labyrinth has to be built.

Trent Munns is one of the masterminds behind building the straw maze.

After nine years, he had labyrinth construction down to a science.

“I think my record for doing the courtyard, parking lot and everything else is three days. “Munns said, “It’s a long three days.”

Munns says one reason for Straw Maze’s success over the years is the community the owners wanted to create between employees, suppliers and customers.

“The relationships we all built and forged during straw maze season are some of the strongest I have ever had,” Munns said.

Every season has its challenges, but every year, Minns says, is worth it.

“It was just a great experience to see how we progressed,” Munns said. “From a small straw maze we grew to be as big as we are now.”

The Rexburg Straw Maze is open now through Halloween.

But the Haunted Straw Maze and Haunted Forest won’t begin until October 6th

Ticket prices, offers and times for the labyrinth and forest can be found here.

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