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Posted on Sat. Sep. 14, 2013 - 12:45 am EDT

Massive corn maze runs on Luck, shucks

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A Waterloo farm funhouse will boost its attendance this fall – with a little luck.

OK, a 12-acre corn maze with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck carved through the stalks isn’t exactly tiny.

But you get the point.

“We’ve already been seeing quite a bit of attention,” said Larry Smith, owner of Amazing Fall Fun, which has used various images visible from overhead for three years. “We had about 6,000 visitors last year. We could easily double that, but this is a weather-driven event, and people don’t want to be out in the cold.”

Amazing Fall Fun opens next Saturday and runs through the end of October. Farm activities include hayrides, pumpkin decorating, a hay mountain and of course, the maze. Admission is $8 for ages 13 and older, $6 for ages 4 to 12, and ages 3 and younger are free.

It took six hours for Smith and four of his companions to carve the immense image of the Colts’ star signal-caller. They used herbicide to burn away the corn to create the design, which was created by The Maize Inc. of Spanish Fork, Utah, about an hour south of Salt Lake City.

“They had one of their guys come out and help us with the maze,” said Smith, who also grows soybeans and raises cattle. “It started out as a computer-generated image on a screen.”

Representatives from the NFL have asked permission to possibly use the Luck maze in marketing and some national media have contacted Smith as well, he said.

The DeKalb County Visitors Bureau is pleased with the spotlight being beamed on the region.

“We don’t really know what to expect, but I’m sure it will be good for them and the area,” said Rita Long, a bureau spokeswoman.

Also carved in the field is the logo of Fort Wayne radio station WAJI Majic 95.1 FM, which is a promotional partner with Amazing Fall Fun.

“It’s been getting calls. That’s for sure,” said Dan Kennedy, program director at the station. “We’ve been getting a lot of posts on our social media sites.”

pwyche@jg.net


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