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Monday, December 23, 2013

A-Maze-Ing Gift

An a-maze-ing 50th anniversary gift: Man surprises his wife by mowing a cornfield maze to look just like their wedding photo


Corn is the color of gold so perhaps it makes sense that one farmer in Ohio decided to surprise his wife for their 50th golden anniversary with a cornmaze in their honor. 
Each year Phillip and Marie Derthick (72 and 75, respectively) host a corn maze at their farm in Mantua, Ohio.
Past corn mazes have been designed in tribute to sports teems like the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers or to commemorate anniversaries - like astronaut John Glenn's first orbit around earth.
Golden opportunity: Phillip Derthick surprised his wife Marie for their 50th anniversary with a corn maze in their honor. The maze is based on a picture of the couple on their wedding day, with the church they were married at in the background
Golden opportunity: Phillip Derthick surprised his wife Marie for their 50th anniversary with a corn maze in their honor. The maze is based on a picture of the couple on their wedding day, with the church they were married at in the background
Milestone: The top of the maze reads 'Happy 50th' and includes a design of the church where they were married
Milestone: The top of the maze reads 'Happy 50th' and includes a design of the church where they were married
Quick work: Surprisingly, it only took one day for Mr Derthick and his children to create the maze on the 17 acre corn field . Above, the picture they used as the basis for the design
Quick work: Surprisingly, it only took one day for Mr Derthick and his children to create the maze on the 17 acre corn field . Above, the picture they used as the basis for the design
But this year, Marie didn't know what her husband was up to when it came time to plan the corn mazes design.

'He did it with the kids. They kept it a secret,' Marie told Good Morning America.
In June, she finally found out about the maze which depicts she and her husband on their wedding day, with an image of the church where they were married at the top and even Phillip's favorite antique tractor at the bottom.
'I couldn't stop there, I had to put my favorite tractor in there too, along with my favorite gal,' Phillip told USA Today.
'I thought they were nuts, but it's actually turned out very well,' Marie said.
Surprise! While the corn maze only took a day to construct, it took months to design. Marie finally found out about the design in June
Surprise! While the corn maze only took a day to construct, it took months to design. Marie finally found out about the design in June
Pleased: Marie says she thought her husband and children were crazy for making the 50th anniversary design, but admits that it came out well
Pleased: Marie says she thought her husband and children were crazy for making the 50th anniversary design, but admits that it came out well
Pleased: Marie says she thought her husband and children were crazy for making the 50th anniversary design, but admits that it came out well
Top secret: The Derthicks won't reveal what they have in store for next year's corn maze design
Top secret: The Derthicks won't reveal what they have in store for next year's corn maze design
The Derthick's cornfield is 17 square acres, but surprisingly the corn maze only took one day to construct and includes three difference corn mazes. The longest maze runs 4.4 miles and includes the couple's faces and the church.
For now, the couple are keeping plans for next year's maze under wraps
'We've got to come up with something good,' Marie said.

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