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Giant Wedding Gift Slowly Grew Into View
When Susie and Tom Omli of Brookville, Kan., got married last December, they didn't know that one of the best gifts they would receive wouldn't show up for another 6 months.
The couple was married on December 21, 1991, but the giant wedding announcement created by Susie's father Dan Peterson of Burdick, Kan., didn't show up until early this summer. That's because Peterson seeded the message along with his winter wheat crop last fall, creating huge letters out of growing wheat that really didn't show up the way he'd hoped until early this summer.
Peterson said he wanted an unusual way to announce the wedding and since Tom does custom wheat harvesting on the side, it seemed an appropriate way to advertise the event. However, after planting the wheat on October 11 last fall, dry weather delayed emergence of the crop so that on the wed-ding day in December, the wheat was just starting to stick up through the ground. Even when it did fully emerge, Peterson says the contrast between the green crop and the ground wasn't as good as when the crop turned golden this summer.
The aerial photo was taken by Steve Mann of Mann's Studio in McPherson, Kansas.

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5