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Uncle Shuck’s unveils sunflowers at new location
Sunflower patch open until July 14
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch welcomed a sunflower patch for the first time since it opened. Guests can pick their own sunflowers for a small fee. - photo by Jessica Taylor

After finding a new home on Bannister Road, the Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is settling in with a new attraction for a limited time only.

Off of Hwy. 9 near Rock Creek Park, Mathew Hughes, Owner and operator of the business, has plans to expand Uncle Shuck’s year round offerings for guests, starting with a sunflower patch open until July 14.

“Everyone that’s come out has really enjoyed it,” Hughes said. “It’s nice watching all the little kids come out dressed up and get their picture with the sunflowers.”

 It’s the first time Uncle Shuck’s has offered a sunflower patch in the 17 years it has been open.

“They turned out pretty good considering it’s our first year and I’m a rookie at it,” Hughes said.

For $5, guests can take a tour around the sunflowers and pose for photo-ops in the flowers or in front of the two antique tractors woven within the flower field which have been a big hit with the kids.

 “It just makes the kids’ day which makes my day,” Hughes said.

Uncle Shuck’s opened its sunflower patch on July 4 and will be open the weekend of July 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those wishing to bring home a souvenir sunflower or two can do so for a small fee of $2 for one sunflower, $11 for six sunflowers and $20 for a dozen sunflowers.

The sunflower patch will be closed after July 14 for the summer season to prepare for the corn maze which opens Sept. 14.

 Hughes has big plans for the fall festivities this year. As in the past, there will be two corn mazes; however the main maze is about one acre larger than it was at its previous location off Hwy. 53. The design will be revealed by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce within the next few weeks.

The iconic red barn, which was once the ticket booth, is also being transformed. It will now be the official gift shop, selling Uncle Shuck’s apparel, local crafts and fall décor. There will also be a gem mine and a new goat tower as well as the festivities they’ve come to enjoy of the years including a pumpkin patch, the corn cannon, jumping pad, food and fall decorations for purchase.

Uncle Shuck’s is located at 125 Bannister Road in Dawsonville.