Las Cruces – A handful of people armed with surveying gear have marked off what will become this year's Mesilla Valley Maze.
Cut into the 9-acre corn field will be the silhouette of a man, a telescope and the familiar form of Disney dog Pluto.
It was an image designed by maze owner Anna Lyles, who thought it would be a fitting tribute to the discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto, an event that will mark its 80th anniversary this year. Pluto was discovered by astronomer and longtime Las Cruces resident Clyde Tombaugh.
The fast-growing corn is expected to reach 10 feet by the time the maze opens to the public on Sept. 25.
An estimated 50,000 people are expected to walk through it, about half of whom will be school children.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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