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Things We Love :: Homecoming at Mizzou

This past weekend was a big one here in Columbia.  It was homecoming weekend at Ol’ Mizzou!

We take homecoming VERY seriously around here.  We have to, because we invented it.  That’s the truth.  Way back in 1911, Chester Brewer invited all the Mizzou alumni to “come home” for the football game between the Tigers and the dreaded KU Jayhawks.  The alumni came home, they cheered the Tigers on to victory, and homecoming was born.

This year marked our 100th homecoming!  Wow.

Beth, Karen and I all are proud to call ourselves alumni of the University of Missouri.  I’ll speak for us all when I say that it’s fun to live here and be able to take part in all of the traditions that surround the campus and the city.  Especially at homecoming.

Some of our best friends made it home for the weekend!  The weather was beautiful.  We watched the parade wind it’s way through downtown Columbia.  We chowed down on the world’s best pizza at Shakespeare’s.  And, of course, we went to the game, sat on the hill, and cheered on our Tigers as they beat the Iowa State Cyclones!



In my opinion, one of our best homecoming traditions is the parade.  If you don’t feel a little swell of pride in your heart when Marching Mizzou makes its way down Ninth Street playing Tiger Fight Song, then you aren’t a true Tiger.  Just watch…


:: Carrie ::

Happy Weekend!



Have a great weekend everyone! What are your plans?

I can’t wait to celebrate our 100th Homecoming this weekend at Ol’ Mizzou! A few of our BEST friends are back in town for the festivities. My favorite parts? The parade, and the big game on Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field. Go Tigers!


:: Carrie ::

10 Years and Counting

10 Years ago my older brother, Mike, decided that we should cut a giant maze into one of our corn fields and open it to the public.  It sounded like a big undertaking, but we went with it.  We created a 14 acre maze, and we really had no idea if people would even want to come wander around in the corn field.  As it turns out, people LOVE it.  This year marks our 10th anniversary!

We’ve kind of created a monster.  The corn maze has become quite the fall attraction here in our little part of the world.  A typical Saturday in October can bring in more than 1500 people.  Yeah, that’s a lot.  Did I mention that things sure are busy around here in the fall?

Over the past 10 years we’ve created some pretty intricate maze designs.  You can see photos of all of them right  here.

This year, being our 10th anniversary we wanted to do something a little special.  It just so happens that another big milestone happened in our family this year as well – Grandma Shryock turned 90 years old!  Mike decided that we should surprise her by making this year’s maze in her honor.  And when I say surprise, I mean surprise.  We planned, and constructed the entire maze without revealing the design.  Then we had an ariel photographer fly over and snap a photo of the entire maze.  We said nothing about this to Grandma until we showed her the photograph at her birthday party.  She was pretty much speechless.  At first she thought it was a joke, but when she realized what we had done she said, “it’s awesome!”

Here is Grandma fishing this summer in our lake.  She was reeling them in left and right that day!

And here’s the photo of the corn maze.  Yep, that’s grandma’s face!

So, if you are in or around the mid Missouri area this fall come on by and see us.  We’ll be open on weekends until November 6th.  

We have pumpkins, and kettle corn (yum!) and hot cider and hot chocolate.

You can roast something over a fire.  May I suggest marshmallows?

You can definitely get lost in the maze for a couple of hours.  If you are brave enough, you can get lost in the maze for a couple of hours in the pitch black at night!

It’s fall on the farm…the best season of all!

:: Carrie ::

Harvest Time

Here in our part of the country the corn has grown tall and turned a nice shade of gold, which means it’s time to harvest.  For me, and I think for most everyone around here, when the combine makes it’s way into the field to start cutting the corn it is the sign that fall has finally arrived.

On our farm the guys have been working non-stop for the last couple of weeks bringing in the crop.  Grain trucks full of the little gold kernels have been rumbling up and down the road and the grain bins next to our studio are slowly filling up with this year’s haul.

It is an exciting time of year, but SO busy!  It takes a lot of man power and machine power to bring in 2000 acres worth of crops.  All summer long we hope for rain to help things grow.  But, this time of year everyone hopes for DRY weather.  Rain during harvest time is no good.  So far the rain clouds have stayed far away.    This is my cousin, Brett.  He’s sitting behind the wheel of our big yellow New Holland combine, which is the machine that harvests all that corn.  If you notice, to his left is a little fold down passenger seat.  I love riding in the combine, it’s so mesmerizing.  It just eats up everything in front of it, keeps the kernels, and spits everything else right out the back.  Last week I was driving out to the studio to do some printing and I passed the field where he was working, so I pulled right over and hailed him down for a ride.

Have you ever ridden in a combine?  You haven’t?  Would you like to?  You would?!

Okay! Here we go….

:: Carrie ::