Colonel Cob corn maze rises again

Fam­ily farm kicks off sev­enth year with free en­trance for county pub­lic safety, teach­ers, mil­i­tary

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

With the fall sea­son comes many an­nual de­lights — cool­ing weather, foot­ball sea­son, pump­kins and, now, corn mazes.

The Dou­ble K Farm on Mace­do­nia Church Road opens its 7th an­nual Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze this week­end, mak­ing the spec­ta­cle of peo­ple wan­der­ing around aisles carved into a field of corn some­thing of a tra­di­tion in New­ton County.

From over­head, the maze ap­pears to be the hand­i­work of ex­trater­res­tri­als with a sense of hu­mor, but the im­age was ac­tu­ally carved out by a pro­fes­sional maze con­sul­tant who used a GPS sys­tem to map out the lines, said Kevin Mitcham, whose fam­ily has owned the farm for over 100 years.

This year’s maze theme is in keep­ing with the up­com­ing elec­tion, show­ing a don­key and an ele­phant hold­ing a sign urg­ing peo­ple to vote.

Kevin’s fa­ther, Tommy Mitcham de­cided to try a maze in 2002 af­ter read­ing about it in an ar­ti­cle. Their first maze was drawn with geo­met­ric pat­terns by lo­cals, but was only about knee high be­cause of the stormy hur­ri­cane sea­son.

The fol­low­ing years were more suc­cess­ful, and Kevin es­ti­mated last year the farm re­ceived over 10,000 vis­i­tors. This year, with the corn at head- height, he an­tic­i­pates an equally busy sea­son.

As part of the kick­off, the farm is waiv­ing the en­trance fee for all mil­i­tary, law en­force­ment, fire­fight­ers and teach­ers with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for the first three week­ends.

“ You want to give back to them what they’ve given to the com­mu­nity,” said Kevin.

The farm, rec­og­nized as a Ge­or­gia Cen­ten­nial Fam­ily Farm, was founded by Kevin’s great- great grand­fa­ther, Henry James Bog­gus, in 1884 and con­tin­ues to be worked by Kevin, his brother Keith and fa­ther Tommy Mitcham and their fam­i­lies.

The maze opens Sept. 12 to Nov. 9, from 6 p. m. to 10 p. m. Fri­days, noon to 10 p. m. Satur­days, and on Sun­days, 1 p. m. to 5 p. m.

The corn maze is $ 8 per per­son and the farm of­fers other ac­tiv­i­ties such as hayrides, bon­fires, play yard and pump­kin sales for var­i­ous prices.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. col­cob­scorn­maze. com or call ( 770) 8551530.

Where: 797 Mace­do­nia Church Rd., Ox­ford When: Sept. 12 - Nov. 9, Fri­days 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Satur­days noon - 10 p.m., Sun­days 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 29 & 30, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Oct. 31, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Cost: Corn maze $8/per­son; county and city law en- For more in­for­ma­tion: www.col­cob­scorn­maze.com, (770) 855-1530

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Build it and they will come: Elec­toral pol­i­tics is the theme of this year’s Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze at the Dou­ble K Farms on Mace­do­nia Church Road, open Sept. 12 to Nov. 9.

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