Update, March 2: The proposal for the Buford Corn Maze to remain open year round was recommended for approval Monday, March 2, by the Hall County Planning Commission. The matter will now be taken up by the Hall County Board of Commissioners March 26.
Buford Corn Maze is hoping to be more than a fall corn maze and become more of an overall “agritourism destination.”
The attraction at 4470 Bennett Road in South Hall, off Friendship and Hog Mountain roads, is seeking Hall County’s permission to be open year-round.
“We just want to be open more times during the year,” founder/co-owner Rodney Miller said Thursday, Feb. 27. “We won’t be open all the time, but around Christmas … and have some spring events, so we’re just not dependent on our fall attraction to pay for our facilities, basically.”
Plans call for putting up a building that would “educate visitors about ‘life on the farm’ and include informational exhibits, displays of farm implements and live farm animals,” according to Hall County planning documents.
The corn maze is now open Labor Day through mid-November, featuring a number of activities in addition to the maze. Other attractions include pony rides, the Popcorn Jumping Pillow, Combine Slide, Hey Hey Hayride and Corn Box.
A pumpkin patch, farm animals and concessions are also on the 31-acre property.
The business is set to request the change in operation at the Hall County Planning Commission meeting Monday, March 2.
Hall planning staff is recommending that the commission OKs the request, which would go to the Board of Commissioners for final action at a public hearing set for March 26.