An a-maze-ing time awaits folks at Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Dawson County and visitors might want to brush up on Greek mythology. The maze is designed after Medusa, who according to the myth, was a female monster with a hideous human face and venomous snakes on her head in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone.
"We look for mazes that are challenging, a bit of fun and visually interesting," Owner Mike Penzl said. "Medusa was really cool."
The creation of the maze is a result of planting seeds in cross rows and then Shawn Stolworthy of Maze Play cuts the design with a roter-tiller. It takes five to six hours to cut the pattern.
It is a family friendly, fun time, and as far as getting lost in the maze, Penzl offered reassurance.
"First of all people usually don't go in alone, so there's a good chance that someone in the group can figure it out," he said. "There is a map that people can use, too. If that doesn't work, people can also look for the beaten path and take that. Another option is to follow others. And if that doesn't work, there are Corn Cops who are in the maze to help."
This is the 14th year the business has been open, according to Penzl who encourages folks to come out.
"If you have a crisp day or a cool evening in September, it's a wonderful time to come to the maze," he said. "Crowds aren't as big in the early part of the season."