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NEW AGRITOURISM BUSINESS SPROUTS THIS FALL

NEW AGRITOURISM BUSINESS SPROUTS THIS FALL

09-05-09

NEW AGRITOURISM BUSINESS SPROUTS THIS FALL

Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch begins its inaugural season September 12th. This Family Fun Farm is located at Corner of 291 Hwy and P Hwy (E 203rd St) in Pleasant Hill, "a short country drive from the city."

Shuck's is the creation of local residents Kevin and Angie Scharig, of Lees Summit. The Scharig’s, who run a consumer alarm business in Lees Summit, spent two years looking into options for a new enterprise, and one that could involve their six children.  They contracted with The MAiZE, the world's largest cornfield maze company, to create an agritourism venue for the fall season.

There were over 600 mazes in North America last year, typically created with corn or hay bales, and 40 mazes in Missouri (according to www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org).  The MAiZE will cut eight mazes across the state in 2009, and five in Kansas.  Since they are living agritourism venues, corn mazes and pumpkin patches are seasonal and close when the plants turn brown, or crops are harvested. Shuck’s Family Fun Farm - Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - will close Saturday, October 31.

The main maze occupies 12 acres of the property.  Living cornstalks, which at a mature height reach 10 to 12 feet, create walls along three separate winding pathways that depict an American flag with an eagle, and the words “In God We Trust”.  This pattern was cut in late June using a small tractor and Global Positioning System. An average journey will take as little as 30 minutes to complete one maze trail, or as long as 60-90 minutes for all three pathways. A smaller labyrinth will be created on three acres for children, called Lil’ Shucks Mini Maze

In addition to the corn mazes, there are a wide variety of activities: climb Hay Mountain, jump in the big Hay pile, shoot the pumpkin slingshot, play in the corn crib, a hay bale tunnel, a steer roping challenge; take a tractor hay rides, or ride a 150 foot zip line.  For a small additional charge ride in the barrel train or shoot the corn cannon. Concessions and pumpkins are available. Grounds access is free all season to encourage families and groups to have picnics, browse the pumpkin patch and take autumn photographs. 

On Opening Day, September 12, the Smithsonian Channel film crew will capture a promotional video for Aerial America, a new series premiering December 6, 2009.  Shuck’s Family Fun Farm will be featured in the promotional piece about Missouri. The Smithsonian Channel features original documentaries, short-subject explorations and innovative and groundbreaking programs highlighting America’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage.  Come early and be a part of the filming, the first 100 visitors are free.

General admission for Kids 2 and under is free; kids ages 3 to 64 are $11.00. A Seasoned Individual 65 + is $8.00 while the Everyday Hero discounted fee is $9.00 with an ID (Military, Law Enforcement and Medical Personnel)
 
Shuck’s is open Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Monday through Friday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is reserved for Field Trips. For additional information, rates and reservations for field trips and group outings, call 816-204- 7035, or reserve your date online. More information is available at www.shucksmaze.com.  The farm is at the corner of 291 Hwy and 203rd (P Hwy.) in Pleasant Hill Mo.



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