Shelby Corn Maze design celebrates hometown heroes

SHELBY, N.C. -- It may not feel like it outside, but Friday is the first day of fall.

And that means pumpkin patches and hayrides aren't far behind.

One corn maze in Shelby has a hidden message with a deeper meaning this year.

The eight-acre field reads "Land of the free because of the brave" with a map of the lower 48 states carved into it.

"It's about hometown heroes. It's about the great country we live in, and we're giving the glory to them," said Alice Pyron, owner of the Shelby Corn Maze.

The owner and her husband have been working with a Utah company for 16 years to build their designs.

The Shelby Corn Maze is open to the public each weekend through October.