WATERLOO, Ind. (AP) - A 12-acre corn maze in the likeness of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is about to open in northeastern Indiana.
The maze is part of a fall festival that Larry Smith started four years ago on his family's farm near the DeKalb County town of Waterloo. The first maze was in the shape of a Duesenberg car once made in the county.
The idea for the Luck maze came when an acquaintance in Colorado made a Peyton Manning corn maze after the longtime Colts quarterback joined the Denver Broncos, Smith told The Star of Auburn.
"He told me, 'Thanks for sending him our way,'" Smith said. "If he can do a maze with Peyton Manning, we can do one with Luck."
To prepare the maze, Smith sought permission from the Colts for the design and then worked with a company in Utah that designs corn mazes for nearly 350 farms in the United States.
He and a crew of four others in July laid out a grid for the design of Luck about to throw a pass and cut the corn when it was 6 inches tall. The remaining corn is now more than 10 feet tall.
Smith said he has invited Luck to visit the maze about 25 miles north of Fort Wayne — and has only taken a bit of grief about the design from some Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
Smith estimates the maze could help draw some 10,000 people to the farm's festival during the six weeks it's open starting Saturday.
"I get to meet people from all over," he said.
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