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Popular Polk corn maze flooded

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Ted and Donna Smith are farmers, so their income depends heavily on the weather.

"We have had more rain this year than we did last year, and last year was the wettest year on record," Ted told FOX 13 on Tuesday.

When their sod business and the economy tanked six years ago, the Smiths needed another source of income, so they got creative and came up a fall family farm festival. It's centerpiece is an eight-acre corn maze. They call it "Cornfusion."

It was supposed to open last weekend, but the event was flooded out. Ted and his two grown sons dug ditches, pumped water and worked long hours to get their property to dry out. It is starting to. Donna says if we don't get any more rain this week, they should be able to open as scheduled this Friday night.

But you never know what Mother Nature will do. Forecasters are talking about more rain over the next few days, and the Smiths are understandably concerned. They are afraid they may have to delay their opening more time.

Along with the maze, there will be pony rides, face painting, country crafts, food , music and more.

A big attraction at night is a hayride ride around the Smith's farm so you can shoot live zombies with paintballs.

If we get enough rain, the Smiths might have to hold off on that too.

"The Zombies would have to be wearing wet suits," said Donna.

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