Moving from corporate America to “cornfield America” was a decision Georgia resident Mike Pinzl made in 2002 to spend more time with his family. As the ninth season commences in Dawson County, Uncle Shuck”s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch has grown from 12,000 visitors in that first year to more than 40,000 visitors each fall. A large percent of business in October is group outings to the maze, such as church groups and scout troops.
Pinzl attributes the appeal of this annual fall pilgrimage to his 20-acre complex along the Etowah River to plain old family fun. “We offer a safe, clean and fun environment, and we are pleased to built a strong reputation and brand for the name Uncle Shuck”s,” said Mike Pinzl, known as “Uncle Shuck,” who is an active member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, Dawson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce.
Haunted maze and scout weekend
There”s still time to round up the troops for Girl Scout Weekend on Oct 2-3. All children who are part of this weekend, or come in scout uniforms on other days, receive a combo ticket (maze and hay ride), a special Uncle Shuck”s patch, and access to a special demonstration by Smithgall Woods Education Center (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day). The cost is $11 per scout. A November “Cousin Dozen” special is being promoted with Georgia”s official tourism web site, www.exploregeorgia.org.
The Pumpkin Patch is now open, with gourds and pumpkins priced individually for customers. Also in October is the popular Haunted Maze, a separate one-mile path that opens after dusk. The Haunted Maze will operate every Friday and Saturday night (dusk to 10 p.m.) in October, as well as a special Sunday, Oct 10 Haunt Night. The Haunted Maze is $12 per person, or $15 as a combo ticket, which is a fundraiser for the Forsyth County Explorers.