Play corn at Eliada’s sixth annual Corn Maze, which opens Sept. 5.
This year’s corn maze is inspired by the Asheville Tourists baseball club, and features the local team’s mascot in the nonprofit’s maze design.
By incorporating Mr. Moon into the design, this year’s event highlights recreation both on and off Eliada’s campus, the organization said in the announcement.
Eliada hosts the only nonprofit corn maze in the area and offers 12 acres of mazes and trails as well as a field of family-friendly attractions.
The event brings more than 20,000 visitors annually to Eliada’s century-old campus, and raises more than $160,000, according to Brooke Brownlow, corn maze manager.
All proceeds go toward helping Eliada programming. Since 1903, Eliada has been caring for Western North Carolina’s children on its 320-acre campus in Leicester through a variety of programming.
Eliada now has a child development center; residential and day treatment for children and adolescents with psychological or behavioral issues; vocational education and transitional living for young adults ages 17-21 who have spent their lives in foster care; and foster care and therapeutic foster care for children.
The maze experience also includes a giant “sandbox” filled with corn kernels, hay ride, spider-web cargo net, pumpkins, barrel cow train, giant tube slides, corn cannons with giant pumpkin-men targets and corn toss games. The event also offers covered picnic tables and a concession stand.
This is Brownlow’s first corn maze experience.
“It is an absolutely vital thing,” said Brownlow. “I am really looking forward to it.”
About 500 volunteers help produce the corn maze, and people from across the organization rally behind the effort. For instance, the maintenance staff builds the corn cannons.
“It’s a terrific team effort on the part of everyone to make it work,” Brownlow said. “It is just a wonderful, supportive environment.”
An outside company that specializes in corn mazes cuts the field into the design. Using a GPS system, a manned tractor cut a design at the end of July.
More on the maze
The maze will be open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Sept. 5 through Oct. 26. Operating hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
• $9 for adults 12 and older
• $6 for children ages 4-11
• Children 3 and younger are free
• Group admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children; a group is considered 20 or more. Groups must pay as a group.
Eliada is at 2 Compton Drive.
For more information about Eliada’s annual corn maze, visit www.fieldsoffun.org or call 254-5356.