Members of the Cagle family and others gather as ‘Papa’ Albert Cagle cuts the ribbon during a sneak peek of the corn maze at Cagle’s Family Farm on Thursday.
The Cagle family welcomed back the fall season with its 14th-annual corn maze design at this year’s ribbon-cutting event Thursday.
This year, the long corn stalks making up the Cagle’s Corn Maze create the image of a basket full of vegetables, encouraging more people in the community to buy local food.
“We started a pick-your-own garden feature this year at the farm, and we really wanted to push the idea of buying local and knowing where your food comes from,” said Vicki Cagle, farm owner. “Being a small business, we really wanted others to know how important it is to support other local businesses.”
The farm welcomed many families out to a special sneak peek Thursday, with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting to kick off another fall season at Cagle’s Family Farm.
Chamber president Pam Carnes said it’s always exciting to see the children hanging on the fence waiting for the ribbon to be cut, eager to get inside the maze.
“Whether you’re young, old, short or tall, the Cagle Family Farm’s maze continues to offer a fun time for everyone each year,” Carnes said. “We’re always excited to come out to this event and be part of something that not only brings in people from Cherokee County, but the surrounding communities, too.”
Owner Ben Cagle said he always looks forward to this time of year and loves seeing the children’s faces at the end of the maze.
To create the corn maze, the planning starts in May. The Cagles pick the design, then plant the corn by mid-June. Ben Cagle said they cut the design the first weekend in July, which took about four days to finish.
“The smile on the kids’ faces at the end of the day and hearing them ask their parents if they can come back is the best part,” Vicki Cagle said.
The more than 3-mile maze can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to complete, but families can also stay and enjoy the farm’s jumpee pillow, bonfire, hayrides, farm animals and concessions.
The maze will be open until Nov. 14 and admission is $10. It will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The farm will also host “ag-venture” farm tours for $7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and bonfire hayrides for $7 from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
A haunted barn will be available from Oct. 3 to Nov. 1, starting at dark and going until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information about Cagle’s Family Farm, visit www.caglesfamilyfarm.com.