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Uncle Shucks corn maze to open Sept. 10 with new maze design celebrating Georgia's agriculture
Uncle Shucks 2022
On Sept. 10, Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch will open for its 2022 season with an all-new maze design celebrating Georgia’s agriculture. (photo courtesy of Mathew Hughes)

In just over a week, Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Dawson County will open for its 2022 season, showcasing a new maze design that celebrates Georgia and its local agriculture and crops. 

According to owner Mathew Hughes, the idea for this year’s maze theme first came about when he noticed a “Georgia grown” sign in a local grocery store. 

“It wasn’t planned really; we were in the grocery store and you see all of the ‘Georgia grown’ signs and it just made us realize that Georgia is doing pretty good considering everything that’s going on and I don’t think people realize that, so that’s where our design came from,” Hughes said. 

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The maze design includes the state of Georgia and the phrase “Georgia grown”, along with representations of several of the biggest crops that are grown in the state, he explained. 

“We did the state of Georgia and it says ‘Georgia grown’ at the top, then it’s got a chicken because Georgia produces 1.38 billion head of chicken per year, the peanut which is 1.65 billion pounds per year and is actually what half the country uses, the blueberries which is 300 million pounds each year, and then of course peaches,” Hughes said. 

One of the goals of the design, he added, is to bring awareness and appreciation to the crops grown in Georgia and the farmers who grow them. 

“I think Georgia is doing great considering everything that’s going on; we wanted to show our appreciation and bring awareness to what Georgia actually does,” Hughes said. “People need to remember that whenever they get behind a slow tractor on the road, it’s working for them.” 

In addition to promoting Georgia’s agriculture through the maze design, Uncle Shucks supports this theme through the products for sale at the attraction too. 

“All of our pumpkins are Georgia grown; all of our jams and jellies are Georgia grown; we try our best to use Georgia products and sometimes that’s not possible but if it’s available in Georgia we try to use it and push the ‘shop local’,” Hughes said. “The theme has had a few local vendors reach out to us wanting to sell their products here; we can’t say yes to everyone but we’re adding a few more locally made products. I’m really excited; the maze design has really put some excitement out.” 

This year’s maze is divided into three separate mazes with six checkpoints in each, Hughes said. The three sections are 0.5 miles, 3.2 miles and 3.3 miles, adding up to a total of seven miles of paths in the entire maze. 

Uncle Shucks will open for its 2022 season on Sept. 10 and run through Nov. 13. In addition to the corn maze, Uncle Shucks also offers several other fun fall activities, including a pumpkin patch, jumping pad, towering goat walk, kiddy maze, tire mountain, corn cannon, wagon ride, bonfires and marshmallows, gem mining , face painting and festival food available to purchase on site. 

The attraction’s “Dark Rows” haunted corn trail will also return this year and be open on Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29. 

During this year’s season, the Georgia Forestry Commission will be at the corn maze on Oct. 8 and 9 to show some of their equipment and educate visitors about what they do, Hughes said. He also hopes to coordinate a weekend in October to have Georgia Grown visit the maze. 

Other special events planned for this fall at Uncle Shucks are foster family day on Sept. 24, when families with foster children will be allowed free admission into the maze, and scout weekend on Oct. 1 and 2. 

Since last year’s season, Hughes has been hard at work improving the property and planning for this year’s maze. This has included adding asphalt in the parking lot, improving the gem mine attraction and adding drainage improvements in the field, he said. 

"You have about a four-month break and that’s November through February and then it’s right back into it,” Hughes said. “We’re hoping for good weather and looking forward to it.” 

Uncle Shucks is actively hiring help for this year’s season, he added. Those who are interested can email info@uncleshucks.com or go by the corn maze anytime on Sept. 10. 

Tickets to Uncle Shucks are available online or at the gate. The attraction’s hours in September and November will be 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and its hours in October will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Uncle Shucks is located at 125 Bannister Road. 

For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to https://uncleshucks.com/