Western North Carolina’s largest nonprofit corn maze is now open through October 28. This year marks Eliada’s ten-year anniversary of operating a corn maze.
With the theme “Ten Years of Family Fun,” the maze design prominently features a loving family. All money raised from the six-week event benefits Eliada’s vast continuum of care for children and youth.
“Before I became the CEO of Eliada, some of my first experiences on Eliada’s campus were at the Corn Maze,” says Cindy Davis-Bryant, President & CEO of Eliada. “I brought my son to the Corn Maze, and I know so many families have shared memories together at Eliada every fall. This year, we are thrilled to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and reflect on the last decade of serving children and youth in North Carolina. Eliada has been in this community for 115 years, and the Corn Maze represents one of many opportunities for folks to ensure the children and youth who need us most feel supported and cared for.”
This year, Eliada will maintain some beloved attractions including the tractor ride, which now drives all the way around the Corn Maze, jumping pillow, corn kernel sand box, spider web climber, tube slides, and corn cannons.
New This Year
With the addition of Eliada Farms to the agency, Eliada has used the expertise of its Farm Manager to help the corn maze further reflect their values. Eliada is pleased to announce that the corn planted in the field is mon-GMO, and that Eliada used all natural fertilizers to help the corn grow.
“The corn maze raises $100,000 for the agency every year, and we have come to rely on this event to support our programs,” says Davis-Bryant. “I never thought I’d have a job in which I relied on a field of corn growing! Changing up how we planted the corn field meant a lot to us, but was also a risk. I am proud of the agency for engaging in this kind of risk taking. The corn has grown beautifully, and we can be proud of the ways we have improved the event for the long-term sustainability of our land.”
This year, Eliada is also adding beer and cider sales to the makeup of the event. This option, available to guests only on weekends (Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons), will help the agency increase revenue to support the growing needs children and youth face in our community. Eliada is excited to work with local and national partners to provide an array of beer and cider options!
In honor of their 10-year anniversary, Eliada is offering a $10 ticket price for all ages. And like every year prior, children 3 and under may still enter the event FREE.
The corn maze opens on Sept. 15 and remains open through Oct. 28. The maze will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Fridays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; and Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Visit EliadaCornMaze.com to stay up to date on all things corn maze!
The Eliada Corn Maze would not be possible without the generous support of the event sponsors. It is presented by MB Haynes Corporation. Event sponsors include: Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Spirit Airlines, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, AgCare, Mountain Radiance Medical Spa, Borg Warner, the Evergreen Foundation, Hoyle Office Supply, Allegra Printing, Control Specialties of Asheville, Duke Energy, Paramount Kia, and Blue Ridge Orthodontics.