Garner, N.C. — WRAL-TV frequently refers to our Meteorologist Mike Maze as a-Maze-ing, but this fall his last name is getting another meaning. Ken’s Korny Corn Maze in Garner has mowed his likeness into their corn field for their annual fall entertainment.
“This is definitely a first for me,” Maze said. “The grandest thing for me prior to this was having my face on a billboard along with [former traffic reporter and current Brain Game host] Mark Roberts way back when I worked on the morning news. I am definitely honored to have my face carved into a field of corn.”
Ken’s Korny Corn Maze staffers messaged WRAL’s Maze on Facebook during the spring with the idea of having WRAL represented in the corn maze they create every fall at their location on Highway 50 in Garner.
“They thought that since they have a 'maze', that Mike Maze would have a good candidate to have in their corn maze,” Maze said. “I talked it over with promotions and WRAL’s Shelly Leslie and Debbie Tullos loved the idea. We met with the folks at Ken’s, and we came up with a prototype for a maze. The corn was planted in July and the maze was born!”
The maze opened for business Sept. 14, and will stay open through Nov. 10.
Maze tackled it during the evening news on WRAL-TV Oct. 11 and finished in a little under an hour. He had help from above. With Sky 5 hovering over the maze transmitting live video of the quest, Maze and his team could watch their progress on video and see how the layout unfolded.
Ken’s Korny Corn Maze will host WRAL Day on Saturday. Maze and fellow WRAL meteorologists will be on hand to greet crowds and sign autographs during the event. It will also be the start of WRAL's 25th annual Coats for the Children project. One dollar of every ticket sold on WRAL day helps the Salvation Army buy warm coats and new toys for children in need.
“It’s funny how the whole maze thing worked out, how my last name is a puzzle design and also another name folks use for corn,” said Maze. “It just seems to fit.”