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McClintic Sphere
10-13-2005, 07:32 AM
"Agri-entertainment" provides homage to the Regmeister. All out of stater's, or Hoosiers so inclined, you may now begin with the jokes.

Reggie now 500 feet tall
Hancock County corn maze contains a big thank-you to the Pacers legend

<!--PRINTER FRIENDLY ARTICLE-->By John Strauss
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October 13, 2005

If you thought Reggie Miller was big before, wait till you see him now.
A 500-foot likeness of the former Pacers guard is starring in a Hancock County corn maze.
Miller's outline is carved into a 14-acre field next to the S&H Campground outside Greenfield. Visible from the air, the tribute includes his jersey number, 31, and the words "Thanks, Reggie."
The retired Pacers standout is only the latest twist in what's become a rural ritual of autumn across the nation -- mazes featuring elaborate, computer-enhanced drawings cut into fields of shimmering green cornstalks.
Miller hasn't been seen much in Indy since retiring this year. On Friday, he filled in as co-host on "Live with Regis and Kelly" in New York. He begins work as an NBA television analyst next month. And his film company is shooting a movie with William Hurt in Brooklyn, N.Y.
But for a devout basketball fan like Jay Hine, what matters most are the 18 seasons Miller spent with the Pacers. Hine had no trouble deciding on this design.
"It's corn and it's basketball," he said. "That's Indiana."
Nobody knows how many corn mazes are etched into the nation's fields, but the number may be growing as farmers turn to "agri-entertainment" and "entertainment farming" to supplement their income from selling crops.
Kim Hine, who runs the campground just east of Indianapolis with her husband, recalls the first time they started a pumpkin patch for visitors. As rookies, they didn't realize they needed to plant just a few acres.
"We did 20 acres that first year," she said with a laugh. "We had a bazillion pumpkins."
They still grow pumpkins, but their corn maze is the local favorite.
Micki Chatman, Greenfield, takes her three children every year.
"We're in there at least an hour and a half," she said. "If it gets frustrating enough, you can always find a way out to escape."
Some farmers design and cut their own mazes. Others, like Hine, hire companies with precision equipment to make the more complicated designs, which can cost $5,000.
The Miller tribute, which includes about five miles of trails, is one of 70 mazes cut this year by Shawn Stolworthy, Firth, Idaho.
Stolworthy had a few art courses while studying agronomy in college and draws his mazes with a computer-aided design program.
When the plants are just a few inches tall, he arrives at the farm with his tractor-pulled rototiller to cut the maze paths and blind alleys that will baffle guests.
He steers through the field with down-to-the-inch precision, guided by nearly $40,000 in global-positioning hardware.
The soft-spoken Stolworthy was once a farmer himself but gave up growing plants in favor of sculpting them.
Some customers, like the Hine family, become friends. They love the story of how he got started -- a teenage, love-struck Stolworthy carving a giant heart into his family's hay field back in Idaho. You're not supposed to do that in a hayfield, but there was a young lady to impress.
"When Dad found out, I was in trouble," he said.
"I have to laugh at that now. This is what I do for a living."

317Kim
10-13-2005, 07:20 PM
yup! some more info here:
http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15455