Fritzler Farm Park’s 2022 maze pays homage to expeditions of heroes
LASALLE, Colo. — “Never owed so much to so little” This statement rings true today, just as it did when it was uttered in a speech by Winston Churchill in 1940.
Although this speech was delivered during World War II and our country has seen conflict at home and abroad since, we owe our gratitude to the service members, veterans and first responders who give so much.
Hero Expeditions recognized this and started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2015, based in Eaton, Colorado, to give back to those we owe so much.
“At Hero Expeditions, we organize outdoor adventures for military, veterans and first responders. HEX was founded on the belief that giving back to those who have selflessly sacrificed for all of us is simply the right thing to do. Their goal is to organize events that create an atmosphere of camaraderie and brotherhood among their participants and their mission is to help create meaningful relationships that improve morale and promote healing.
Hero Expeditions connect the dots by:
1. Connect participants with similar backgrounds
2. Take a sincere interest in their life
3. Make it fun!
And they accomplish this by offering events like big game hunts, golf tournaments, waterfowl outings and other outdoor adventures. Testimonials found on their website by U.S. Marine Corp veteran Brandon Bailey, U.S. Army veterans Andrew Andersen and Hunter Wilke, and law enforcement officer Jacob Blackborn all pay tribute to Hero Expeditions for giving them “memories and friendships in a relaxed atmosphere by first rate individuals”. who really care about you.
This philosophy and a desire for awareness led Fritzler Farm Park, a 15-acre corn maze in LaSalle, Colorado, to honor Hero Expeditions in their 2022 design. Since opening in 2000, maze patrons have “lost” themselves in several patriotic and tributary designs, including the Department of Defense logo in 2010, a crying eagle in 2013, larger than life everyday heroes in 2014, thank you for your sacrifice in 2020, and the Tunnel to Towers logo from 2021.
Glen Fritzler, owner of Fritzler Farm Park and his family are humbled that this Colorado organization has helped so many. US Army Veteran Branden Morris said, “What an amazing and blessed day it was. I’ve never seen so many selfless guys in one place. What your guys are doing is more than a blessing. There must be more of you like that in this world. Thanks again for a once in a lifetime experience.” For more information on Hero Expeditions; their events, to apply for one of their big releases, or to donate to their cause, visit their website at Hero Expeditions.org.
The Fritzlers are also grateful to the men and women who make daily sacrifices to protect the world we live in and express that gratitude by celebrating these selfless heroes by hosting an annual event called Hometown Heroes. Military, Fire, Police, and EMTs will enjoy free admission for themselves to our Fall Festival on October 8 and 9 from opening to 6 p.m. with valid ID presented at the door. Additional information can be found at http://www.fritzlerfarmpark.com under the Events tab.
Fritzler Farm Park is located at 20861 County Road 33, LaSalle Colorado, seven miles south of Greeley or 14 miles north of Brighton on the west side of Highway 85. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy all the favorites such as the U-Patch Pick-Pumpkin, Corn Maze, Pillow Jumps, Slides, Ball Zones, Inflatables, Pumpkin Cannons, Beer Garden, several new activities, Scream Acres and much more. The 2022 season is open and ends on October 30. Hours are Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., and closed Monday-Thursday. The haunting takes place throughout the season on Friday and Saturday evenings shortly after dusk. On Friday evenings, starting September 30, there will also be a fun short fireworks display for all ages.
Day tickets are $24.95 plus tax for ages 3 and up for a Fun Pass that includes the maze and yard activities make this an Ultimate Fun Pass for $36.95 and you can include the adventure of paintball and the pumpkin cannon. Inflatables can be purchased at the door for an additional $8. There are three haunted ticket options. The first is the Chillin’ option which costs $37.95 giving customers Scream Acres and activities in the yard, this ticket is for those who have time to wait in line, the second Shriekin’ option which costs $42, $95 and lets customers choose a time window and guarantees admission within that window and finally for those who just can’t wait for the excitement there’s the fastest pass that will have you screaming in the shorter period of time. Those who don’t wish to attend the haunt can take advantage of an unlimited activity wristband and enjoy all that Farm Park has to offer after dark. Tickets for all events can be purchased online or at the door.
Additional information is available at http://www.Fritzlermaze.com or http://www.Screamacres.netgroup discounts, fundraising opportunities, team building, company parties, birthday parties and additional information can be obtained on the website or by emailing [email protected].
Come for the day, stay all night, whether you want to scare yourself or not, there’s something for everyone. There are on-farm food vendors, activities and entertainment that will meet all your agri-entertainment expectations and make great fall memories for all ages; from toddlers to grandparents.