Saluting the telephone, this year’s Maize
Maze was designed by a recent Upper
Iowa University graduate
FAYETTE, Iowa (July 25, 2011) — Upper Iowa University alum Harold Waterman once again has turned corn into art. Waterman, who studied graphic arts at UIU, is again the designer of the recently opened 2011 Country Heritage Community Maize Maze.
This year’s maze salutes the telephone and its important contributions to agriculture.
UIU first became involved with the Maize Maze in 2007 with a design by Art Professor John Siblik that honored the University’s 150th anniversary. Siblik also designed the maze in 2008, followed by UIU alumna Sheila Miller in 2009, and Waterman in 2010.
Then a UIU senior, Waterman paid tribute to CFL Charlie, the mascot of Touchstone Energy Cooperative, with his first maze design.
The Maize Maze is located at the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area, just east of Elgin on Highway B64. Last year more than 3,000 people visited the maze. In addition to seeing the maze, visitors can pick popcorn and Indian corn, and visit the nearby nature center, petting zoo, farm tool museum and old-time farm house. Also within walking distance are a fishing pond, multi-use trails, Turkey River canoe access and campground.
Visitors can also sign up to win a candlestick telephone.
The maze is open through October 29. Hours are 1-5 p.m.
For hours and ticket prices, visit the Fayette County Conservation Board website or contact Laverne Swenson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
About Upper Iowa University
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