On Saturday Sept. 11, Uncle Shucks Corn Maze in Dawson County officially opened for the first day of its 2021 season, marking the 20th year of the attraction bringing entertainment and fall fun to North Georgia.
According to Uncle Shucks owner Mathew Hughes, the corn maze saw a “good number” of visitors as soon as it opened on Saturday, despite the weather this year being a little warmer than in past years. Hughes said that he’s excited to see what the 20th year of Uncle Shucks holds for the attraction and for the community.
“It’s so much work leading up to it, but once we’re finally open it’s like relief,” Hughes said. “And it’s been pretty good so far.”
According to Hughes, in the 20 years the attraction has been open he’s seen many changes unfold, like moving from his first location to the twice-as-big field he uses now. He also said that the changes in technology that have happened in the past 20 years have been beneficial for the corn maze to get better each year.
“Drones make taking the photos a lot easier — we used to have to take them from an airplane flying at 2,000 feet — and the designs are a lot more technical and better to look at,” Hughes said. "Every year is different depending on the weather and everything; even after 20 years there’s still stuff to learn but we’ve kind of got it down now.”
To Hughes, one of his biggest goals with Uncle Shucks is community outreach and supporting the community he’s in. This includes hosting events like foster family weekend, which will be on Sept. 25 and allows local foster families to participate in the maze for free, and scout weekend, which will be Oct. 2 and 3 and lets local scouts camp out at the field on Saturday, participate in the maze at a discounted rate and have the opportunity to earn badges.
Uncle Shucks Corn Maze offers the 15-acre corn maze, a haunted trail every weekend in October, a kiddie maze, tire mountain, jumping pad, corn cannon, towering goat walk, pumpkin patch, gem mining, wagon rides, bonfires and concessions for sale. For more information including hours and rates, go to the Uncle Shucks website at https://uncleshucks.com/.