July 06, 2006

World's Biggest Corn Maze

Corn Maze Path
Here is yet another reason to take your vacation in the hinterlands of Nebraska: to see the World's Largest Corn Maze. We didn't make money with our phony space alien crop circles here, so corn farmers have been mowing mazes into cornfields and luring tourists to get lost in them for a few bucks. Other farmers make corn messages for flyers to see, but that is a different story.

The new corn maze opens this fall near Columbus, Nebraska and, according to the high school student builders, it will gain them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest. The record is currently held by Belgians, possibly the only world record not connected with lace-making the Belgians have ever held.

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) kids at Columbus' Lakeview High School, home of the Vikings and Viqueens, are cutting out the excess corn and otherwise preparing the cornfield outside of town. The maze is being built with help from a Utah outfit dedicated to "good farmin' fun": The Maize. The hot, sweaty work involved is the kind of thing that earned Nebraskans the nickname bugeaters.

If you are so broke or so travel-jaded that your fall vacation will find you in Nebraska, don't forget to get lost in the big corn maze at Columbus. And, as Abe would say, don't forget to visit Carhenge while you are here.

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