BLAIRSVILLE, GA – The Blairsville Corn Maze hosted by non-profit Change in Our World provides local teenagers and children a place to enjoy fall from September 27 to November 10.
Opening on Friday (Sept. 27) at 4 p.m., the three-acre maze promises something for everyone across the next six weekends. The corn maze has been on the heart of Change in Our World founder Rebecca Brendle for three years. It offers them to go and hang out during the fall season.
“We want to give [youth’s] a safe place to go to,” explained Brendle, “you have to have a heart for it, but they’ve all closed. We’re hoping with the right motivations and then [events like the corn maze,] it will help a lot.”
The maze is located 4482 Town Creek Road, Blairsville, GA or 500 ft. before Alexander’s store. Each weekend offers unique events, including a scavenger race, glow maze, fall festival day, and a suicide awareness day.
All who decide to go will enjoy weaving between the stalks and hunting down all the fun local facts that the corn has to offer. For instance, “What is the name of the local battle that was so bloody the mountain ran red?”
For those who discover all the clues and have the most right answers, they will earn bragging rights and maybe a little something extra on the scavenger hunt day. On any day, it’s a great way to teach yourself or your children about their community.
Also, attendees can have their face painted by Palmetto Princesses and Pirates, enjoy some concessions, a tiny tot corn maze, pumpkins, and laser tag. Brendle has really thought of something for everyone.
Change in Our World began as a non-profit to raise suicide awareness among young people. Union County has the third-highest suicide rate among the age group in Georgia. Towns County has the highest per capita. Brendle hopes to raise enough funds to open up a facility dedicated to young people called The Haven.
Currently, Brendle meets weekly with youths in her county-sponsored facility, and her numbers continue to grow every day.
“I have some kids that do want to do the activist part. They do want involvement, but some kids they just want to socialize. I need to find the balance between those two,” said Brendle.
She wants teenagers to be able to go somewhere and hang out that isn’t Wal-Mart or a parking lot. Teenagers will be volunteering throughout the event.
For admission, they do ask for a $10 donation that goes entirely toward helping youth in the community. Children two and under are free. The times vary each day. Friday opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday’s maze opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 5 p.m.
For a detailed list of events, check out the Blairsville Corn Maze Facebook Page.