Tonight Show host theme of this year's Farmstead Corn Maze

Dean Johnson shows us what this year's maze looks like.

MERIDIAN - People have been flocking to the Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival for 20 years now. The festival is set to kick-off this Friday.

The corn maze is comprised of nearly 20 acres and a million ears of corn. It's a maze that's a year-round process and a year-round operation. Organizers tell KTVB it all started as a crazy idea.

"You could carve pathways into a field of corn and people would actually enjoy getting lost," Farmstead co-owner Jim Lowe said.

The maze has now grown into a nationally recognized attraction. Since 1996, people have flocked to the corn field in Meridian for an adventure.

"We may not have professional teams, big time professional teams, but we love Idaho and this strikes to the heart of what Idaho is," Lowe said.

After 20 years, the maze has grown into a whole farm experience, including zip lines, hay rides, and a pumpkin patch.

"Agritourism we call it, or agritainment," Lowe said.

The maze is a year-round process as Jim and Hillary first harvest the corn in the field. The couple then gets started on the idea of what the maze will look like, which eventually gets mapped out.

"Use paint to layout some points and layout out some pathways and then we'll come back in and cut the actual pathway," Lowe said.

Lows says the whole process from design to cutting the pathways takes about a couple of months.

"We have no view from the air as we're creating it. So we cut that out. We have a moment of truth when we go up in the helicopter to see what it looks like," Lowe said.

This year that design is a familiar face to NBC viewers: Jimmy Fallon.

"We just felt like we could use a lighthearted, upbeat, comical relief and we feel that Jimmy Fallon does that for us, and we just really like how he entertains," Farmstead co-owner Hillary Lowe said.

Jim Lowe says because this is the 20th year of the corn maze, they're going to do something special. Every Friday they will have a fireworks show.

The maze is open to the public Sept. 23 through Oct. 29, Monday through Saturday.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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