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With autumn lurking around the corner, quintessential, fall-festive corn mazes have already been mapped out and planted.
Roane County will feature a corn maze for residents and visitors to enjoy. The anticipated opening date in mid to late August.
The winding trail will be on 5 acres adjacent to Roane State Community College’s baseball field and is shaped to wish Roane State a happy birthday.
Coinciding with the college’s 40th anniversary, the corn maze will also be one of the highlights at the school’s bash on Nov. 5.
Enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the maze Fridays, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and through the week by appointment only.
It will feature hayrides, concessions, games and more.
Roane County Parks and Recreation Director Tony Brown said it’s been a collaborative effort between Roane State, who is letting them use a total of 22 acres, and both Kingston and Harriman parks and recreation departments.
The first year and last time the countymade maze was implemented was in 2009. It pulled in between $12,000 and $13,000.
“It seemed like it rained every weekend,” Brown said. “People still came. It just made it a little muddy.”
“That’s such a pretty venue over there,” said Brown. “It really borders the lake if you look at it ... Last year, when we took the hayrides, there was like one group counted 14 deer that were just walking around before we went on the hayride. Some of those kids had never seen a deer in the wild, so they were excited about that.”
Groups have also explored the maze with flashlights and glowsticks.
“I think it’ll be good for Roane County,” Brown said.
The admission price has not changed since the previous maze. It will be $5 for adults and $4 for children 4-12 years old.
Proceeds go toward the development of the next corn maze.