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Buford Corn Maze opens its gates, corn to the public

Photo: Brendan Sullivan The Buford Corn Maze which lays on five acres of land is now open until November 4, including hayrides, corn maze, corn box, children's activities and a haunted forrest.

Photo: Brendan Sullivan The Buford Corn Maze which lays on five acres of land is now open until November 4, including hayrides, corn maze, corn box, children's activities and a haunted forrest.

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Photo: Brendan Sullivan Leonidas Bosco, 4, of Rome, Italy plays in a corn box along with Jadyn Agner, 5, of Dacula at the opening day of the Buford Corn Maze on Saturday. The Buford Corn Maze which lays on five acres of land is now open until November 4, including hayrides, corn maze, corn box, children's activities and a haunted forrest.

BUFORD -- Mike and Pat Valdez haven't missed the Buford Corn Maze in the past four years. It's one of their favorite events because they get to see their daughter Ashley Bosco and 4-year-old grandson Leonidas Bosco who live between California and Italy during the year.

"We've been coming every year since Leonidas was born, so we didn't want to miss it. It's a tradition," Pat Valdez said, who lives in Buford.

The family of four braved the heat on Saturday -- the attraction's opening day -- for lemonade, a hayride and a stab at the infamous maze.

"We took (Leonidas) part of the way through the maze the first year and he didn't really like it, but he's wanting to take a look at it this year," Valdez said before walking toward the cut-out corn field with the little boy.

There is no theme to the maze -- just many roundabouts, paths and checkpoints. For experienced problem solvers, the entire journey should take a little under an hour, according to owner Tina Beggs.

"This is by far the most challenging maze so far because it has several roundabouts," she said. "Each year we have a game to play along with finding the checkpoints, so the whole thing will take about 45 minutes. The main path is a mile and three-tenths and the entire maze is close to three and a half miles of complete paths."

Besides the maze and hayride, there are also pony rides, a new food vendor, additional tents for large parties, an animal viewing area and an outside vendor supplying the pumpkin patch. The growth has been noticed by neighbors.

"The difference between this year and last year with their advertising and the growth of their business is pretty obvious. They are really going in the right direction," said Andrew McCain of Buford, who stopped by to look at the prices. "It looks like a really fun place and it seems like their business is going to boom."

On Sept. 20, the children of the corn will want to hide because the Buford Corn Maze opens its Haunted Forest, a 20-minute fright fest in the woods. Children under the age of 8 are not recommended into the forest unless accompanied by a guardian.

The maze and other attractions are open to the public through Nov. 4. For more information, visit bufordcornmaze.com.