Taking ‘The Holy War’ to the fields

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The Cornbelly's corn maze this year adopted the BYU vs. Utah rivalry with a "Rivals Forever" theme. Cornstarch colors the Y and the U this year. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

The Cornbelly’s corn maze this year adopted the BYU vs. Utah rivalry with a “Rivals Forever” theme. Cornstarch colors the Y and the U this year. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

People dressed in red and blue T-shirts waited in the center of the Cornbelly’s maze at Thanksgiving Point hoping to be rescued first by their school’s student body president.

The 117 fans, representing the 117 years of the BYU vs. Utah rivalry, stood either on a cornstarched blue Y or a red U during the corn maze pre-football game match-up.

In the end, Cosmo led his fans out of the maze first cheering on the Cougar squad.

“It’s a great omen,” said Brandon Beck, BYU student body president. “If we can carry on the winning streak from to today to Saturday, it will be a good day.”

The loss didn’t worry Utah Student Body President Sam Ortiz.

“That’s the great thing about this competition — winning or losing this one doesn’t mean much,” Ortiz said. “I get to go home confident that on Saturday our guys are going to take the victory, so it’s all good.”

While these two competitors may not have been able to agree on the pending Saturday football game, both teams admitted that the maze was surprisingly challenging.

Utah Student Body President Sam Ortiz, second from left, and BYU Student Body President Brandon Beck, third from left, led their teams to find their fans in the Cornbelly's maze. BYU won this year's challenge. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Utah Student Body President Sam Ortiz, second from left, and BYU Student Body President Brandon Beck, third from left, led their teams to find their fans in the Cornbelly’s maze. BYU won this year’s challenge. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

“I thought it was going to be really easy. It actually wasn’t at all,” Beck said. “It was a good mix of challenging yet fun.”

Cornbelly’s is on it’s 18th season with a new corn maze, which will opening on Oct. 4th to the public. This year’s corn maze has a new twist to it — color.

“We try to do something different every year to make it more interesting,” said Brett Herbst, Cornbelly’s owner and maze creator. “We thought it would be really cool to do the colors.”

The colors, made out of cornstarch, paint the Y blue and U red. Each year a group at Cornbelly’s brainstorms ideas in the spring for the fall’s design. This year’s theme seemed obvious.

“It is the last year they are playing for a while, so we decided what better timing will we have,” Herbst said.

Admission to the maze costs $8.95-$10.95. The maze opens on Oct. 4th and is open through Nov. 2nd from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

Other activities at Cornbelly’s include pig races, life-size Legos, inflatables, Jack-o-lantern tree and more. A smaller kiddie maze will pay tribute to the Museum of Natural Curiosity opening next spring at Thanksgiving Point.

A special discount will be available to BYU students on the opening weekend of the corn maze.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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