The fifth year at Hubb’s Corn Maze could quite possibly be more exciting than any other year. With a new addition to the common section, new activities planned and with “earless corn” just planted, the maze could be the tallest and thickest it has ever been.
Of course, the maze, located north of Clinton on U.S. Hwy. 421, will return its popular jump pillow, sand box, steer roping stations, corn canon, Toddler Town and Toddler Maze, as well as a new fun farm show and even live entertainment.
The facility will open on Sept. 15 and run through Nov. 5.
“We are really excited,” said Tammy Peterson, who along with her husband, John, runs the maze.”We have added things this year that are good for all ages. We are trying to nail down some specifics on a new activity that will be good for any age, but the teenagers will really enjoy it.”
“We already have a magician lined up and we are going to have some bands in here as well,” said John. “That is something new for us and we are excited about it.”
The Peterson’s said that the popular scavenger hunts will still be a staple at the maze, as well as the Express Train and a animal area that features two llamas, an alpaca, donkey, mini horse, and a mini zebu bull. And come October, the maze will feature the “Field of Terror” haunted trail.
“We moved it this year,” said Tammy. “It is totally separate this year. It is in the back at the wood-line, so it would be away from the regular maze and no one could venture into if they didn’t want to.”
For the first time in five years, a season pass to the maze will also be offered.
“A lot of people have asked us about doing it,” Tammy said, “and we are happy to be able to offer it this year.”
The seed was put in the ground and complete on Wednesday afternoon. “The layout is that of a train,” explained John. “And it is going to be a lot of fun.
However, last year, weather wreaked havoc on the maze’s growth.
“Last year was a great year,” Tammy said. “But because of the weather, we lost 20 percent of our days.”
“And the days that we were open, a lot of people didn’t come out because they thought it would rain,” added John.
This year, the couple said they will not have that problem, thanks to a hybrid seed they have planted.
“What we have done is planted a hybrid sorghum, which is more drought resistant and will develop a bigger stalk,” explained Tammy.
Last year, stalks on the maze were lower than previous years because of dry weather.
“Nobody complained about it,” Tammy said. “But you could see people walking in the maze. So we decided to plant the hybrid because it looks just like corn, it just can’t hear because it has no ears (laughs).”
“Most of our seasons, the corn is brown by late September,” said John. “That won’t happen this year.”
The two main sponsors of the maze is Ft. Bragg NWR and Q-98 two biggest sponsors.
Although the maze will not open for another two months, the Peterson’s have already started contests on their Facebook page.
“We have giveaways and prizes that we have already started,” she said.
“We will also do the contests this year at the maze too,” John said. “It is going to be a big year for us.”
Hubb’s Corn Maze will also have a re-vamped concession stands, will host birthday parties, as well as continue to host groups, schools and churches.
“It is very rewarding to us,” said John. “When we first opened five years ago, our Friday and Saturday nights were the biggest, last year, our Saturday day and Sunday afternoon was the biggest for us. Which is great because it means more families are coming out to enjoy it.”
If you are planning on going out to the maze this year, click on to www.hubbscornmaze.com and get tips and complete activity and price information. To participate in current online contests and giveaways click on the Hubb’s Corn Maze Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hubbscornmaze.
To reach Doug Clark call 910-592-8137 ext. 123 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.