SYRACUSE — Dorathy Law has never read Stephenie Meyer's famed Twilight book series, but she's pretty familiar with the characters' faces — every curve, angle and twist of them.
Law and her family, owners of Black Island Farm, in Syracuse, carved pictures of Jacob (the werewolf), Edward (the vampire) and Bella (the damsel in distress) into their fields this year to make the state's largest corn maze. The 28-acre maze opens to the public on Friday.
"I don't know a thing about vampires or werewolves, but you've gotta listen to the kids," Law said. "Twilight is what they're talking about, so Twilight is what we chose."
To make the maze, Law generated the design on a computer. Printed out on a grid, Jacob, Edward and Bella took up 28 pages, Law said. Her husband and 17-year-old son then transposed the design onto the cornfield, which they had also divided into a grid, with spray paint. They then used the paint lines as a guide to apply "grass killer," she said.
"It's a pretty complex process," Law said. "We had a bit of a learning curve."
Six years ago, when Black Island Farms opened up its first maze, the Laws simply headed into the corn with a four wheeler.
"It was supposed to be a ghost, but it didn't look anything like a ghost," Law said.
Since then, Law's corn maze themes have varied from Ronald McDonald to Weber State University. The farm created their first Twilight maze last year, previewing the release of Summit Entertainment's second movie, which premiered Nov. 11, 2009. It attracted 42,000 people from all over the Intermountain West, Law said.
This year's Twilight maze features a large portrait of Bella with her hair blowing in the wind. Above her picture are the words, "It all begins with a choice." To her left are smaller portraits of her rival love interests, labeled "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob."2 comments on this story
In addition to the corn maze, Black Island Farms offers an indoor/outdoor haunted house and pumpkin-patch hay rides.
Starting Friday, the farm will be open to the public weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participation prices range from $5 to $15.
For more information, visit BlackIslandFarms.com.