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Southwest City corn maze ready for holiday season

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The Right Choices Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch near Southwest City, Missouri is ready to open for the holiday season.

Along with the seven acre maze, the Christian organization also provides gospel music, an antique tractor show, pony rides, and horse drawn wagon rides.

This years design is a Christmas tree.  Organizers picked this design because they are announcing the grand opening of Ozark Christmas Tree Farm and to remind people what they say should be the focus of Christmas.

"Often the Christmas season becomes very materialistic and we all forget about the real reason we celebrate the holiday so choose to take care of your soul, keep Christ in the center of Christmas," says Charity Keith of Right Choices.

Right Choices has been fortunate in dealing with the drought because they are close to Elk River so the business can use irrigation to water their pumpkins.

Normally it takes a million gallons to water the pumpkins, but this year it's taken five million gallons.  Plus, deer have been eating them because of the shortage of grass, forcing the farm to buy pumpkins from a grower in Arkansas.

"We've struggled to have enough grass for the cattle and the deer are in the same situation," says pumpkin farmer Galen Manning.  "The only place where there was growth was where we were irrigating so we were irrigating our corn and our gourds and our pumpkins and they discovered this year that they could eat pumpkin."

In addition to a shortage of pumpkins, Right Choices also lost 600 Christmas tree seedlings this year since the younger trees are more likely to be affected by the drought.

The farm also lost 100 trees last year because of dry weather.

"You'll lose a few trees every year that you plant and you expect that, but you don't expect a 100% loss two years in a row and it was just because of the drought," says Keith.

The losses in Christmas trees could affect the supply of trees in years to come when the trees would have been fully grown.

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