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Corn maze celebrates Smokey Bear's 75th birthdaySubmitted: 10/20/2019
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois
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pdubois@wjfw.com

Corn maze celebrates Smokey Bear's 75th birthday
WAUSAU - Smokey Bear serves as a national safety symbol.

One farm in Wausau dedicated ten acres of land to celebrating Smokey's 75th birthday this year.

Willow Springs Garden takes pride in its annual corn maze.

People who came this October got to spend about 45 minutes walking through a giant Smokey Bear.

Volunteers said it takes a lot of planning to make their field of dreams a reality.

"It takes a good year to get it planned out," said volunteer Meghan Walters. "What's going to be our theme? Once the weather turns nice, [we plan] how are we going to plant the corn, who's planting the corn, and then how are we going to create the maze."

The regular corn maze season ended Sunday.

However, Willow Springs will transform it into a haunted corn maze this week.

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