Corn Maze Shrinks in Drought, Number of Visitors Does Not

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Fantozzi Farms is making a big statement about the drought, by carving the phrase "California is dying of thirst" into their seasonal corn maze.

The maze is both an ode to the drought and an homage to the Grant Wood painting "American Gothic." Aerial photographs show the famous farmer, daughter and pitchfork all depicted in dirt trails running through corn field.

"Typically we grow 40 acres of corn and make a 25 acre maze. This year we only had enough water to do 13 acres of corn," Paul Fantozzi said.

According to Fantozzi's math, the drought depleted nearly half of his corn crop. He says he received a zero water allotment this fall, prompting his water district to order water from a private party.

"We were able to buy it at a lot higher rate," Fantozzi said.

Fantozzi said it cost about 20 times more to water half his usual crop of corn.

Despite the reduced size of the corn maze, Fantozzi farms has seen a steady stream of Halloween fanatics this season.

"I have to say it's the best scary maze I've ever been in," said Radames Garcia.

"We were saying we don't want to die in here because we are too young, said Janida Garcia.

"If it were any bigger it would be too scary," said Sherilyne Sevillo.

Some say conserving water was the farm's only responsible course of action during a drought.

"It's horrible that the water supply is short but I'm glad they didn't expand the maze and pull more water from California. We don't have it," said Rad Garcia.