HAMPTONVILLE — The fall fun begins this weekend with the opening of the Alpha and Omega Corn Maze, located at 1129 Cheek Road in Hamptonville. Owners Van and Jennifer Hemric and Jason and Lori Walker opened the agriculture-based adventure park in 2013.
“What started with a field of corn and a tent filled with pumpkins has evolved to what it is today,” said Lori Walker. “The farm now consists of a giant five-acre corn maze, two-acre hay bale maze, corn cob express, fun zone, corn box, picnic pavilion, hay rides, animal acres, pipe world, bounce pillow, bounce house, corn hole, horse-drawn wagon rides and lots of photo opportunities.”
The season will open on Friday and run through Nov. 5. The maze pattern features the logo of this year’s main sponsor Yadkin Farm Bureau. Also sponsoring the corn maze are CMS insurance, Rid A Bug, Foothills Construction Services, Swan Creek Farm Supply, Yadkin Valley Construction and Farm Credit.
The 20-acre agritourism complex features maze trails, hayrides and much more. There’s also a full snack bar and concession stand featuring homemade BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken pitas, deep fried corn, french fries, corn dogs, nachos and cheese, dill pickles, homemade pumpkin whoopie pies, fried apple pies, popcorn, cold drinks, coffee and hot chocolate.
Separate areas are available for birthday parties, school field trips, or corporate events. Indoor restroom facilities are on site. The festival grounds are open for families to view pumpkins and take fall photos with the fall decorations. Pumpkins are also available for purchase. Additional activities include a bonfire area with marshmallows for roasting in addition to corn and pumpkin cannons.
The five-acre corn field is cross-planted in late June with more than 200,000 corn kernels. Once the stalks reach 12 inches or higher, a mower outfitted with a global positioning system (GPS) device is used to cut the pathways. The serpentine paths connect in specific patterns to form a picture which features the design of the logo for the maze’s main sponsor each year.
Maze explorers can venture through a main trail that provides a total of 1.8 miles of walkways. Cost for the maze and all the attractions on site is $10 plus tax. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. Evening visits for church groups, school groups, and college date nights are growing in popularity.
Check out the Facebook page or website yadkinvalleycornmaze.com for posts and updates on special events. For more information or to schedule an event, call 336-466-1003.