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Popular La Salle corn maze will open on schedule

LA SALLE, Colo. -- In 2000, La Salle farmer Glenn Fritzler heard about a new attraction called the corn maze.  He thought he'd give it a try because, quite frankly, his farm was losing money.

"It was do or die.  We had the bank basically say you need to do something or we are selling you out," he said.

At first, local farmers in the area teased Fritzler about his new corn maze.

"We had no idea what a corn maze was.  They had no idea.  It was a little bit of a joke," Fritzler said.

They're not teasing Fritzler now. The Fritzler corn maze in La Salle is one of the biggest and most profitable in Colorado.

But that did not impress Mother Nature, as she dealt Fritzler's farm a devastating crop-killing blow on Aug. 2 with a large hailstorm. After the storm, Fritzler was in shock.

"Oh my, I think it's hard to describe. You're sick to your stomach," Fritzler said.

Fritzler did a lot of praying. At church, in his truck, in the field.

"You know, (the praying) part of our everyday life.  But once we got into this situation we needed, we needed a miracle," he said.

Six weeks later, something happened.  The plants started coming around. The corn looked tall and healthy, and Fritzler's corn maze will be open for business on schedule.

"We feel extremely blessed," he said.

It could have been the right conditions for the plants to recover. Fritzler, however, calls it a miracle, and who are we to say it wasn't.