In it’s 15th year of operation, La Union Maze is celebrating UTEP. Owners Robert and Lucy Sondergeroth decided to celebrate UTEP’s Centennial with a maze design wishing UTEP a happy birthday for the 2014 season.
“We saw all of the promotion surrounding the Centennial Celebration and we thought it would be a good idea for the design. We are big fans of the Miners and we are season ticket holders for UTEP Basketball and we just believe that UTEP does an amazing job,” said Lucy Sondergeroth.
The 14 acre maze design incorporated the primary UTEP logo, a birthday cake complete with candles, a UTEP building with Bhutanese architecture and a message thanking UTEP.
“We have gotten such a positive response from the community on the design. People love it.” Sondergeroth said. Previous designs have been the Aztec calendar, aliens, support of the military and celebrating the constitution and a design celebrating UTEP coach Don Haskins and the 1966 Basketball championship team in 2005.
“Going to the maze is something fun to do in the Fall and a place where families can spend quality time together. In the evening we get a younger crowd that likes to come and socialize so we have hit a mark where we are able to reach all age crowds, it’s really exciting,” Sondergeroth added.
La Union Maze has added a variety of activities to add to the experience such as a pumpkin patch, a playground with a large slide, duck races, pig races, and a large inflatable jumping pad. Food is also available for sale and includes roasted corn, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, and several packaged snacks and drinks. Credit cards are not accepted. Navigating through the maze itself takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
“We just feel that UTEP its a huge part of the community and has done a tremendous job. If we didn’t have UTEP we would be lacking so much. UTEP is paramount and I don’t think there is a person in this area that doesn’t know about UTEP and what it does and how it serves our community. This was our way to thank UTEP and a way to showcase the importance of UTEP,” Sondergeroth said.
La Union Maze 1101 Hwy. 28 or (Mesilla Ave.) La Union, NM 88021
Fridays: 5-10 pm
Saturdays: 11 am – 10 pm
Sundays: Noon- 6 p.m.
Additional Openings: Wednesday 10/8 from 4 p.m. -8:30 p.m (Full Moon) and Monday 10/13 11 am – 3 p.m. (Columbus Day).
1 and under: Free
Ages 2-5: $5
Ages 6+: $11
For more information visit: http://www.launionmaze.com/
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.