In just a couple short weeks, Uncle Shucks Corn Maze will officially open for the first day of its 2021 season.
This year is special for many reasons, the biggest of which is that it will be the Dawson County attraction’s 20th year in operation. Mathew Hughes, owner of Uncle Shucks, said that he and his employees, along with the customers who have come to the maze year after year, can hardly believe that it’s been two decades already.
“The 20 years kind of just snuck up on people I think, even the visitors that have been coming that long, but we’re excited to open up for the 20th year,” Hughes said. “It doesn’t really feel like 20 years — we are very excited; it seems like everyone is excited.”
Hughes said that throughout the 20 years, he’s seen many changes, both in the attraction and the county itself.
“It’s been interesting to see all of the changes that have followed us and the county is completely different than 20 years ago and so are the surrounding counties,” Hughes said. “We’ve had a lot of help from people in the community with everything, and we appreciate that for sure.”
That’s one thing that’s stayed a constant the whole time, Hughes said: the strong support from the Dawson County community and from his loyal customers. He’s even had families who have come back to the maze every year it’s been open.
“We’ve had people that have come for all 20 years and that’s great to get feedback from them,” Hughes said. “It’s really cool especially when they share their photos with us and their kids were two or three when they started and now they’re 23; it’s really great to see it.”
This year’s maze design will be a celebration of the 20th year of the corn maze, complete with the Uncle Shucks logo and “20 years” for maze attendees to find their way through. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Hughes said that the maze will be holding a limited-time 20 percent off sale on tickets.
The corn maze will be open from Sept. 11 to Nov. 14. On Friday and Saturday nights in October, the maze will also include “The Dark Rows”, a unique haunted trail attraction through the corn. The attraction will also have “foster family day” on Sept. 25, when foster families can get in and participate in the maze free of charge.
September hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. November hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For those who just cannot get enough of Uncle Shucks, Hughes said that he is also looking for employees to help staff the maze.
“We’ll be having an application and hiring day on the 11th; staffing was difficult last year and it probably will be this year too,” Hughes said. “If someone wants to be outside and interact with people, this is definitely perfect for them.”
If you’re interested in applying for a job at Uncle Shucks Corn Maze, you can contact Hughes through the Uncle Shucks website or show up in person to apply on Sept. 11.
For more information about Uncle Shucks or to purchase tickets, go to https://uncleshucks.com/. To see photos of all of the past corn mazes from Uncle Shucks 20 years of operations, go to https://uncleshucks.com/corn-maze/