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Crop formation tribute to the Royals appears near KCI

Doug Cartwright, a field maintenance employee with the Kansas City Aviation Department, drew the Royals design and used GPS to guide him while he mowed the field, which is on the Aviation Department’s property.
Doug Cartwright, a field maintenance employee with the Kansas City Aviation Department, drew the Royals design and used GPS to guide him while he mowed the field, which is on the Aviation Department’s property. Kansas City Aviation Department

A tribute to the Kansas City Royals mysteriously appeared in a field near Kansas City International Airport.

But don’t blame aliens for this latest crop formation. A field maintenance employee with the Kansas City Aviation Department is the responsible party.

Wanting to cheer on the Royals in the World Series, Doug Cartwright drew the design and used GPS to guide him while he mowed the field, which is on the Aviation Department’s property.

“He didn’t ask permission,” said Joe McBride, a spokesman for the department. “He just thought it would be neat to do.”

The design uses the Royals script and features a crown. Much of the work was done on Cartwright’s own time.

“It was mysteriously cut into the grass, much like the mysterious crop circles,” McBride said. “It took a while for people to figure out who” created the crop art.

Once people figured out Cartwright was responsible, he asked whether he could enhance it with paint used for the roads and runways.

“We think it’s pretty awesome,” McBride said.

The tribute is in a field just west of the ramp onto southbound Interstate 29 from L.P. Cookingham Drive.

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

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