CORINNA, Maine — The families of Pelletier Logging Brothers Inc., mingled with guests and enjoyed a walk through a corn maze dedicated to them on Saturday.
The brothers, made famous on the Discovery Channel television show “American Loggers,” signed autographs, posed for pictures and talked with people at Thunder Road Farm.
“It’s been great. I’ve never been to a corn maze before,” said Rudy Pelletier. “I’ll follow somebody who knows what they’re doing.”
Barbara and Charles Peavey, co-owners of the farm, saw a large crowd come to see the Pelletiers and have fun at the attractions.
“We’ve had a real good turnout,” said Barbara Peavey. “Things are working out good today.”
Each year, the Peaveys carve a maze into their cornfield and pick a different theme. In the past, they’ve had everything from the Boston Red Sox to Nokomis Regional High School. This year they chose the Pelletiers. A logging truck with the brothers’ names is carved into the maze.
“We’re just flattered,” said Gary Pelletier. “To be involved in it is a pleasure.”
Bitty Cleaves of Otisfield was quick to grab an autograph from Eldon Pelletier.
“My son bought this [Pelletier Logging sweatshirt] for me for Mother’s Day a year ago,” she said, adding she has all the American Loggers episodes recorded. “I’m very careful about where I wear it and how I wash it. So I’m having them all sign it.”
The brothers are used to talking with crowds of fans. They travel quite often.
“It’s fun to meet people. We meet people from everywhere,” said Eldon Pelletier, who added they have visited Oregon, Ohio and Massachusetts among other places this summer. “We go to quite a few different events like this. It’s fun.”
The most asked question?
“How did we get started on a TV show? Why us?” Eldon said. “Well, it was just a phone call. They must’ve liked what they saw when they took footage of us. Different things happen; unexpected things.”
Gary Pelletier said a fourth season of American Loggers is being talked about, but nothing has been set.
Rudy Pelletier held up his grandson, Elias, to see the llamas.
“The kids are real interested in [the animals],” he said. “They have a lot of stuff going on for the kids. I think the grownups are having just as much fun by watching the kids.”
The maze, which was green not long ago, had faded to brown.
“That frost really did us in,” said Peavey. “We’ve been hit three times now with frost and that just turns that corn right to brown. Normally, it would still be green if the frost didn’t hit it.”
Despite the color, guests lined through the maze. Not everyone tried it though.
“I chickened out,” said Cleaves, laughing. “She got lost.”
Cheri Leighton of Gray, to whom Cleaves was referring, said the maze took about 45 minutes to navigate.
“It was fun. A lot of exercise,” said Leighton. “Two little kids got us through it.
“I wouldn’t want to go through it when it’s the haunted one.”
The Peaveys are hosting a haunted night maze and hay ride 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28-29.