Much like a needle in a haystack, one Minnesota woman had to look for her ring in a corn pit.
The simple purpose of a maze: in spite of all the setbacks, you eventually find what you are looking for. At the twin cities maze…
The journey now has more meaning for the millers.
"We always end the night in the corn pit."
Jumping into the giant bin of corn…has become a tradition for Karilyn Miller and her kids.
I said the sign says you should take off all jewelry and empty your pockets, and she said, 'Oh that's a good idea.'
"I literally just went like this (motions) and it, I mean it slipped right out of my hand."
Her wedding ring, just fitted with a new diamond, had disappeared into the sea of kernels.
"It didn't mean a lot, but when it happened, I just said a prayer. I said God, I know it's just a ring, but if you can help us find this?"
With seven semi loads full of corn three feet deep. There was really only one Karilyn had any hope of finding her wedding ring.
Dale Webb runs the nearby rock climbing wall…
"This is a metal detector that we use."
And has come to the rescue before. And so has the maze owner Bert Bouwan.
"One of the products you can get out of the corn is starch. Starch makes your hands slippery."
Together, they all searched. What seemed to be a hopeless feat until…
"I got a blip, so I started digging in that area."
"And said you won't believe it, we found it!"
All the people in the corn pit erupted in applause.
"You always hear that needle in the haystack, it's now the ring in the corn pit, you know? We do call it kinda the miracle of the ring."
Here Karilyn quickly forgot what she briefly lost, because in the end her family found something else worth much more.
"All these people just having so much good in their hearts to help us ."
The Twin Cities Corn maze is a military tribute and part of the proceeds benefit military families.