RIGHT: Pictured is a design showing what the Wayside Farm corn maze in Clarke County will look like from the air when it is finished. By September, the field corn will have grown to 8 or 9 feet. From above, it will depict the launch of one of the “angry birds” from the electronic game via a supersized slingshot.
ABOVE: Tyler Wegmeyer and his sons Torsten (from left), 7, Tucker, 5, and Colden, 2, check on the progress of corn growth at the site of the Angry Bird-themed corn maze at Wayside Farm east of Berryville. The maze is scheduled to open Sept. 21. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
When the 3.7 million corn seeds sprouted and stalks reached four inches high, the “professional corn cutters” from The MAiZE Inc. of Utah arrived in Berryville to create the maze. They placed hundreds of flags in the field to match a printed grid pattern, which showed the areas of corn that had to be removed. Then, armed with cans of spray paint, they began marking where the approximately four-foot-wide paths would go.
The corn is only thigh-high, but it is already tall enough to hide two of Tyler Wegmeyer’s three boys, ages 2, 5, and 7.