Palin corn maze attracts international attentionWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Palin is drawing a lot of national and international attention at Whitehouse.
The 16- acre maze was carved on Sep. 23 at The Butterfly House in Whitehouse.
“Our original intent was to get local publicity and not to make a political statement,” Duke Wheeler, owner of The Whitehouse Christmas Tree Farm and The Corn Maze said. “But it has turned greater than we have ever dreamed of.”
Wheeler said the maze made national news in including “Saturday Night Live,” The New York Times and CNN.
“It’s been all over the world,” Wheeler said.
He said he had a visitor from France who had heard about the maze. Wheeler said it was also mentioned in a newspaper from Bahrain.
He said local republicans are excited about the maze.
“The Sarah Palin design … is fantastic, it looks wonderful, she looks beautiful, there’s not a problem at all with it,” Matt Rubin, a sophomore at UT and president of UT College Republicans said. The group is organizing a trip to the maze.
“[The visitors] are excited about the maze, although we haven’t seen a lot of increased activities,” Wheeler said. “But a lot of people who have come have had a good time.”
Republicans and democrats have been enjoying the Palin corn maze, which Wheeler said cost $2,000.
“People who have visited and enjoyed the corn maze liked the idea of the Sarah Palin, whether they’re democratic or republicans,” he said. “They liked the attention that the maze brought to Northwest Ohio.
Wheeler said none of the parties contacted The Corn Maze, but they heard rumors Sarah Palin is going to visit today or tomorrow.
The Web site www.whitehousecornmaze.com received 20,000 visitors Sept. 26, Wheeler said. They also just started selling Sarah Palin corn maze souvenir T-shirts for $15.
Wheeler said credit regarding the national and international coverage should be given to local media.
“What we have is just a corn maze that they [local media] covered for us. The credit goes to local news,” he said.
The corn maze season begins in October, Wheeler said.
“This will be a busy weekend,” he said.