For a 10th consecutive year, a cornfield in north Georgia is where thousands of people will gather to solve puzzles with their feet. Georgia entrepreneurs Mike and Roxanne Pinzl call it having fun getting lost. They own and operate Uncle Shuck”s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Dawnsonville, Ga. and will resume the agri-tourism attraction from September to November.
Opening Day is Saturday, September 3. The highly popular, tourist attraction in Dawson County will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2011, with multiple maze trails, hayrides, bonfires, climbing goats and new corn-ference rooms for school field Trips.# Uncle Shuck”s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch will be open every weekend in September and November (through Nov. 20) and every day in October.
Every July since 2002, the Pinzl”s have had approximately 352,000 kernels of corn planted on a 12-acre field next to the Etowah River.# This is one business you can see grow, literally, before your eyes.# By early September, the corn will be close to 10-feet high and will have three sets of trails carved among its stalks to serve as entertainment for more than 40,000 adults and children.
This year”s labyrinth design will depict the Uncle Shuck”s logo. On Opening Day, the maze complex is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The maze is open Sunday, Sept 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last day for the 2011 season will be Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New for 2011 will be three Corn-ference Rooms, outdoor classrooms in the cornfield to educate school groups. A special $7 ticket is available for groups Tuesday to Friday. Each student receives a 32-page coloring book with a free pass for a return visit and a mini pumpkin. Returning on the festival grounds for the 2011 season will be Kiddie CORNer, Tower Goat Walk, Picnic Pavilion, Festival Food area, tractor-drawn hayrides, bonfire area (weekends), festival food vendors (weekends), Pumpkin Patch (October), and Haunted Maze (October).
The Pinzls” have used MazePlay, Inc. for the design and cutting of the maze trails all 10 years. MazePlay, based in Idaho, specializes in designing and cutting cornfield mazes, which now total close to 100 mazes in 40 states.# The corn maze continues as the main attraction at Uncle Shuck”s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.
Corn maze admission for anyone five years old and older is $10; maze admission is free for children four and under. There are additional activities at the agri-tourism complex, such as a tractor-drawn hay ride along the Etowah River, bonfire area and corn cannon; fees vary (hay ride with marshmallow toasting at the bonfire is $5 per person). The Cob Combo is a ticket for $13, which includes admission to the maze and the hay ride.# A ticket to the bonfire area, with marshmallows for roasting, is $5 per person. There is no admission fee for the Picnic Pavilion, Kiddie CORNer (soybean maze, tractor display, hay bales) and festival food area.
Uncle Shuck”s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53.# For more information, visit www.uncleshucks.com, or follow the progress of the maze on Facebook.