Giant corn maze celebrates Cats' NCAA basketball title

gkocher1@herald-leader.comOctober 18, 2012 

Was there any doubt what this year's giant corn maze at Kelley Farms would be?

The maze, on a 10-acre corn field at 6483 Old Richmond Road southeast of Lexington, depicts a University of Kentucky basketball player preparing for a fierce dunk. From the air, the maze shows "NCAA Champs" at the top, and the UK logo and "Kentucky" toward the bottom.

The image of this year's maze had been kept secret until UK men's basketball coach John Calipari let the cat out of the bag in August by posting a photo through social media. Coach Cal had seen the maze from above while in a helicopter, said John Kelley, 72, the farm owner.

"Within eight hours, he had over 10,000 hits on that," Kelley said. "I can't think of anybody I'd rather break the news. You can't do any better than that, not in this part of the country."

Previous corn mazes, a tradition at Kelley Farms, have featured Calipari, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, and a tribute to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The maze attracted about 10,000 visitors last year.

"We don't want to get into the haunted stuff," Kelley said. "We want to keep it family-oriented and cater to that clientele."

The corn maze is open 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 27.

Admission is $9.50 for adults and children 3 and older; it's free for children younger than 3.

Other attractions in addition to the corn maze include a play area for kids, a slide with hay bales around it, a small maze for young children, a pumpkin patch, duck races, climbing goats, and hay rides.

For more information, go to Lexcornmaze.com.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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