Leno, CNN, National Outlets Vie for Danvers Corn Maze Story

The corn maze incident at Connors Farm on Monday night has been picked up by national media, including Jay Leno and the Today Show.

It's not every day that a small town like Danvers makes national news.

In fact, Danvers Police Sergeant Robert Bettencourt said that in the five years he has been serving as Community Relations Director, he hasn't seen a story from town showcased on such a national level.

The story, , was of a family lost inside of the . The panicked adults phoned 911 about a half hour after the maze had closed, resulting in a

Bettencourt said between he and Police Chief Neil Ouellette, they've received various inquiries from not only the local Boston television stations, but the story has also been picked up by:

And Bettencourt said the list of media outlets inquiring about the story is still growing.

The and national media have respected the family's wish to remain anonymous.

"It's really dark, and we have a three week old baby with us," the woman said to the 911 dispatcher. "We thought this would be fun. Instead, it's a nightmare."

The woman said it was daytime when they entered the corn maze, and they figured if they got lost, someone would come around to look for them. "Never again," she repeated several times throughout the call, noting that it was her three-week old daughter's first time out.

Bettencourt said even the the didn't get as many calls to the Police Department as this story has.

helen burns October 12, 2011 at 08:58 PM
This was a frightening event for this family, particularly because they had their new baby with them. The news media seems to find it humorous, however. I hope the family can continue to remain anonymous, although I doubt it. As for Connors Farm, they must be delighted with the national attention.
Nosey Rosey October 12, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Oh good lord! Frightening event? What was going to happen to them? They were in no danger! This is no worse than getting lost in the old Ann & Hope store at the Liberty Tree Mall. Adults scared of the dark shoukdn't be reproducing.
Barb Herzog October 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM
My four year old and I and a large group of parents and kids of varying ages walked through that maze recently. I can completely understand that mom's panic, as well as her assumption that farm personnel would be overseeing the maze. I can tell you first hand that there was no farm personnel anywhere in sight when we entered. There appeared to be no method to count how many people were in the maze at any given time. No sign in sheet in or out. No bracelet. No ticket. It did concern me. As we walked, my four year old ran ahead at one point and quickly disappeared from my sight. I panicked because of the amount of twists and turns she could have taken to completely get herself lost - and what...WHAT would she have gone through had she realized she was alone? I kept thinking, 'what if I had brought her to this maze alone?' I was so thankful to be in a large group. By the way, it took our large group of more than 18 well over an hour to get through the maze - perhaps what the designers expect. Now, in the farm's defense, the farm does provide plenty of stops within the maze where a text can be sent to give the correct way to turn from that specific spot. The farm also provides various trivia-type games to help maneuver your way through the maze. If one were to enter the maze without utilizing these tools, then all bets are off, I guess. Perhaps this family didn't play a game, and maybe they left the cell phone in the car. It was dark, and she's a new mom. Enough said.
Mike T October 13, 2011 at 12:37 AM
"Bettencourt said that in the five years he has been serving as Community Relations Director, he hasn't seen a story from town showcased on such a national level." umm...meep?
Andrea Crawford October 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM
OMG !!! I am from Atlanta and a bit embarrassed at how my hometown is making the news !! The maze is for adventure and if you don't want the thrill then DON'T DO IT!! Come on Mom & Dad take the kiddos to the park & let them swing ~~ but not too high !!! Andrea
Dale Marino October 13, 2011 at 05:29 PM
DUH! The father must be real proud, lost in a cornfield, and his wife calls 911? Hello? if your so worried, ask about procedure, note what time they close, and gee...notice when its getting dark. Next they will be suing..nice set up. The only good thing is I hope the Farm gets lots of GOOD PUBLICITY!
fluoridestick October 14, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I found it hilarious, actually. According to the news clips I've watched, 1) the farm posted up signs everywhere in the maze with clues as well as an emergency number to call/text if one got lost... so, calling the POLICE, really? 2) THEY COULD HAVE JUST WALKED THROUGH THE DAMN CORN, the corn in the Connors Farm maze was pretty sparse. This is actually more frightening for me than them because it shows such people are allowed to breed!
fluoridestick October 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM
"maybe they left the cell phone in the car" - um, they called the police...


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