Maze challenging, fun for area students (video)
Oct. 25, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.
Updated Oct. 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.
MOULTON - Callie Nelson, 9, wasn't scared to go through the Rocky Creek Maze.
"I thought it was a challenge," said the fourth-grader at Trinity Episcopal School in Victoria. "And fun. And hard."
Callie also liked the series of questions that had to be answered to help guide her and her fellow students through the maze.
"It teaches you that learning our history is important in life because you might need it," she said.
Callie was among several classes from Trinity who went through the maze and took advantage of the other "agri-tainment" choices Thursday. Also on field trips that day were students from Cuero and Schulenburg.
Callie's teacher, Susie Mozisek, said she thought the experience was beneficial for her students.
"They learned how a dairy farm operates. They learned teamwork and how to let someone lead," Mozisek said.
Rocky Creek Maze at Chaloupka Farm, 784 Lavaca County Road 251 near Moulton, is a family-owned and operated business that opened its doors in 2007.
"It gets better every year," said co-owner Helen Chaloupka. "We try to add something new every year."
The baby animal barnyard is the newest addition to a complex that includes slides, plastic duck races, hay rides and barrel train rides.
The maze has a different theme every year; this year's is religious - "A-Maze-ing Grace."
"We have tried to provide enough for kids to do for about three hours," said Gene Chaloupka.
Gene and wife Elyse Chaloupka and Gene's brother, Ernest (Junior) Chaloupka, and wife Helen own Rocky Creek Maze, which is on a working dairy farm.
"We sell raw milk here, too," Gene said. "The kids all take a real interest in how the dairy operation works."
Rocky Creek Maze at Chaloupka Farm is on land that Gene and Junior's great-great-grandfather, Martin Chaloupka, one of the first Czech settlers in Lavaca County, purchased in 1868.
Upcoming special events include free admission for veterans Nov. 9 and an A-Maze-ing Race 5K run/walk benefiting multiple sclerosis research Nov. 16.
The maze is open through Nov. 24.
Admission is $10 for those 12 and older and $8 for ages 4-11.