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Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Corn mazes and pumpkin patches



By Jon Waterhouse

The twists and turns of corn mazes, and the treats found in bountiful pumpkin patches can simply sum up the season. Consider this batch.

ALTO

Jaemor Farms

Currently celebrating 100 years of farming in North Georgia, Jaemor is best known for its homegrown peaches, apples and more for sale at its market. They see even more fruits of their labor come fall as throngs of visitors stop by for seasonal activities. Pumpkins grown onsite pack the market. Its eight acre corn maze has guests scratching their heads. Cartoon apple characters and the words “100th Anniversary” are carved into the corn patch. Younger ones can venture into an easier, smaller maze. Guests bring flashlights on Fridays and Saturdays for nighttime maze treks. Tractor-pulled hayrides and a pumpkin train guide visitors through the grounds. Trigger-happy kids and adults can blast three apples through a cannon for $1. Young ones can take to the farm slide ($1 for two turns) and participate in rubber duck races ($1 for three races).

10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-6 p.m. Sundays throughout October. $9-$10 corn maze; $3 mini maze; $4 hayride; $3 pumpkin train; $12 value access pass. Market hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 1-6 p.m. Sundays. Jaemor Farms, 5340 Cornelia Hwy., Alto. 770-869-3999, www.jaemorfarms.com.

DAWSONVILLE

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Ready to pick a pumpkin? It’s an overdose of orange as visitors peruse Uncle Shuck’s Pumpkin Patch and shop for pumpkins, corn, gourds and food. Watch as goats climb the ramps of the Towering Goat Walk. Other attractions require a fee. Pay $1 to fire three ears of corn out of a cannon. Daytime hayrides cruise along the banks of Etowah River. The evening ride wraps at a bonfire for some marshmallow roasting. The main attraction is the 12 acre corn maze. Organizers say it can take visitors as quick as 30 minutes to complete one maze, and as long as two hours to conquer both. This year’s maze design features a witch, a haunted house and a pumpkin. Haunt Nights take place Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 5. That’s when the trail transforms into the Haunted Maze. Moonlight provides the only illumination, and guests are asked to leave flashlights at home. Additional Haunt Nights take place October 28 and 31. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent during Haunt Nights.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October. Haunt Nights: dusk-10 p.m. (last ticket sold). Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28 and 31. $10 maze; $13 Haunted Maze and corn maze; $5 hayride. Combo packages $13-$16. Free ages 4 and younger. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, 4520 Highway 53 E., Dawsonville. 770-772-6223, www.uncleshucks.com.

CLEVELAND

North Georgia Corn Maze

This seven acre corn maze is just the tip of the haystack. Guests can take a trip through the surrounding pastures on a hayride. Keep an eye out for turkey, deer and other inhabitants. A special Kid’s Corner features a petting zoo, a hay bale jump, games, four inflatables and a corn pit. The latter resembles a sand box packed with more than 8 million corn kernels. On Friday and SSaturday nights the grounds turn into a drive-in theater with free movies. The remaining films are “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” (Oct. 5-6), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (Oct. 12-13), “Cowboys & Aliens” (Oct. 19-20), “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (Oct. 26-27) and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (Nov. 2-3). Movies begin at dusk and play twice. The House of Burm, a haunted attraction, operates on select nights (Oct. 5-6, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 31 and Nov. 2-3). Check Website for House of Burm hours.

4-11:30 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 18. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 8; 4-11:30 p.m. Oct. 31. $9-$10 maze; $4-$5 hayride; $14-$15 House of Burm; $5 Kid’s Corner. Combo packages $12-$27. Free ages 3 and younger. North Georgia Corn Maze, 559 Tom Bell Road, Cleveland. 706-348-7634, www.northgacornmaze.com.

CANTON

Tanglewood Farm

More than 150 miniature animals, from alpacas to pigs, occupy this faux Wild West town. One of the headliners is 8-year-old Tiny Bubbles, the world’s smallest registered miniature horse at 22 inches and 56 pounds. Things go decidedly seasonal for its OctoberFest. Tiny Bubbles and other animals are known to don Halloween costumes. Admission includes a self-guided tour of the facility. This features a walk through the haunted barn, which promises to be more delightful than frightful. Guests can troll the pumpkin patch and buy one to carve back home. For an additional $10, kids can experience a pony ride.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Oct. 31. $10; free for infants 11 months and younger. Tanglewood Farm, 171 Tanglewood Drive, Canton. 770-667-6464, www.tanglewoodfarmminiatures.com.

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