In new design, Liberty Corn Maze pays tribute to Sporting KC

07/22/2014 12:53 PM

07/22/2014 3:59 PM

Liberty Corn Maze recently unveiled this year’s design, which pays homage to Major League Soccer champ Sporting Kansas City.

“We, the Raasch family, are huge soccer fans,” said Nikki Raasch with Liberty Corn Maze. “Sporting KC won the MLS championship last year, so we wanted this year’s maze to be a tribute to them.”

The maze, which is still growing, features the Sporting KC logo in the center and has images of four generic soccer players in each corner, Raasch said. At the bottom of the maze it reads “2013 MLS Champs.”

The maze was designed by MazePlay of Firth, Idaho, Raasch said.

The corn for the maze was planted at the end of June on 25 acres near Missouri 291 and Missouri 210, just outside Liberty.

When it was about two inches tall, the maze design was cut using a GPS system.

Normal corn crops are planted in March or April, she said. The corn for the maze is planted later so it is not too far advanced when it comes to cut the design.

Like previous years, the overall design is made up of four separate mazes. The lengths of the mazes vary from about a mile long to about 2.8 miles long.

Liberty Corn Maze also has rope, rock and soybean mazes geared for children.

This is the 11th season for the Liberty Corn Maze. Other previous mazes have paid tribute to the Chiefs, Kansas Speedway, the Royals, Harvesters and the Kansas City Comets.

Liberty Corn Maze will open to the public Sept. 5 and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. The costs will be $10 for teens and adults, $8 for youths ages 4 to 12 and $3 for children 3 and younger.

“The corn has been growing great. It should be a record year for corn growers across the nation,” Raasch said. “It is absolutely beautiful.”

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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