The corn maze is back and bearing a face many in Walton County will find familiar.
Kicking off its season with a bang, Corn Dawgs will follow up its second annual professional rodeo by opening its corn maze, designed to look like “Uncle” Si Robertson, one of the main personalities on the popular cable reality television program, “Duck Dynasty.”
“It was my wife’s idea,” said Corn Dawgs owner-operator Lamar Duren. “She’s a big ‘Duck Dynasty’ fan. She wanted to do Si.”
It took eight hours to cut the corn rows at the Walnut Grove attraction into the familiar face and beard of Uncle Si and Duren said the maze will contain various clues related to the TV program to keep people busy as they navigate the 7-acre, 3.5-mile long corn stalk labyrinth.
“If you follow the instructions and try to find all the clues as you play the game, it takes about two hours to go through the whole maze,” Duren said.
Before the maze opens, Corn Dawgs is opening the fall season with the annual rodeo, which will bring in professional bull riders and more to the venue from Sept. 20-21.
Once the rodeo packs up, the maze season begins, running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 22 through Nov. 3 .
In addition to the maze, Duren said Corn Dawgs is bringing in new attractions, including an inflatable slide, a “hay jump” featuring 60 bales of hay, pig racing and new animals for the event’s petting zoo.
And given the popularity of “Duck Dynasty,” the maze’s exposure on Facebook has brought other media calling, with mentions in USA Today and Fox News.
“We’ve gotten about 50,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and various media outlets have picked it up,” Duren said. “Last year, we got a lot of attention from (Atlanta) Braves fans when we picked Chipper Jones for the maze. But we’ve definitely gotten more exposure than ever before with this one.”
And Duren hopes the extra attention will mean extra visits to the Walnut Grove site.
“We’re hoping it will be a bumper year,” Duren said. “I’d love to see everybody come out.”