Gory Rory Maze days all for a good cause

Horror all for a good cause

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2014
Studholme farmer Rory Foley
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SINISTER PLIGHT: Studholme farmer Rory Foley is ready to scare the pants of daring punters but it’s all in good fun.

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Blood, guts and baffling turns return to the fields of Studholme next week with a whole lot of nasty surprises.

The Maize Maze, brainchild of farmer Rory Foley, is back for a second year with actors, makeup artists and horror buffs converging on the settlement for another dose of the shivers.

The 1.4 hectares of baffling twists and turns opens on Valentine's Day, February 14, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Society South Canterbury.

The maze raised $7000 for the society last year with open days for families and R16 horror-themed night-time events.

Mr Foley said this year's maze was bigger and better with more props and costumes.

The Mountainview High School School drama league, Aoraki Polytechnic students and emerging makeup artist Martika Bennett were taking part this year, Mr Foley said.

Participants now have the option of taking on the zombies in a new game of tag through the maze and neighbouring paddocks. "But don't get caught; you'll end up a zombie," he said.

"There's a huge following for the horror side of it and the edgy art; it's incredible how many people came out of the woodwork."

Timaru metal band Omat Makkarat will again set up stage and perform during a night event at the maze. Mr Foley said the band's antics would add to the horror theme.

Oamaru artist Donna Demente will also feature in the event, culminating with a horror-themed art exhibition in Timaru on April 14.

The maze is open to families during the day and is located at the north end of Hannaton Rd. Pre-sale tickets are essential for the night-time events. To contact Mr Foley call 027 747 7263 or go to the Maize Maze Facebook page.

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- The Timaru Herald

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