As part of the annual Halloween homage, a Massachusetts farmer has constructed a corn maze in the shapes of the cartoon characters Stewie and Brian Griffin from “Family Guy.” Bob Connors created the corn-less outlines for this year’s Connors Farm Corn Maze. From the air the massive Stewie is seen walking behind an enormous Brian in the 7-acre design, with “Family Guy” written across the top of the corn maze.
The Connors Farm Corn Maze is located in Danvers and the animated characters were cut into his cornfield with the full approval of the Fox Television network, according to the Boston Globe. Bob Connors said that they had to run everything by Fox and that they had “been great,” waiving the rights so that Connors could complete his project. As the Globe pointed out, why wouldn’t Fox be okay with the Family Guy corn maze, considering they were getting acres and acres of free advertising?
When the corn maze was being built, Bob Connors had no idea that Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” had relatives in Massachusetts. But since finding out, he has attempted to get in touch with MacFarlane. “I’d love to have him do the voices here on our busy weekend.”
Hartley Engel of Associated Content jokingly referred to the Family Guy corn maze as Bob Connors’ “field of dreams.” Connors built it; now, perhaps he (Seth MacFarlane) will come…
Every autumn, usually in the month before Halloween, corn farmers across the United States and Europe have been creating corn mazes for years, clearing outlines of various designs for the amusement of others. Charging a fee to enter, people wander through the cut-out designs of words, geometric figures, animals, famous people, Halloween icons, and cartoon characters. With the advent of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, creating elaborate and intricate corn mazes have become somewhat of a competition.
At Bridgemont Farm in Virginia, the owners have created an amazing puzzle maze map of the United States. Boasting that it is the largest corn maze in the Shenandoah Valley (this writer suggests “a corn maze big as the United States itself”), Bridgemont Farm is located outside of Harrisonburg. Better still, it only costs $7 to get in if you’re an adult, $6 if not.
An intricate biblical theme highlights the corn maze at Maize Adventure in North Carolina this year. “Noah Saves The Animals” is etched into the cornfield (along with local television station logo “Fox 8”). General admission is only $10 and a portion of the proceeds are given to the Guilford County Animal Shelter Trauma Center. Corn maze trekkers are encouraged to bring leashed pets as they wander the maze.
It costs less than $20 for any of the various events at Connors Farm Corn Maze, with regular admission into the Family Guy Corn Maze at night only $12.
Bob Connors may have only been trying to garner an edge over his local competitors by constructing Stewie and Brian from the “Family Guy” for this year’s Halloween corn maze, but by gaining national headlines, he has definitely won in the advertising department. And who knows? Seth MacFarlane just might stop by.