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Southern Belle unveils new corn maze design

Family keeps farming tradition alive through agri-tourism

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Southern Belle Farm in McDonough has revealed the newest design for its 7-acre corn maze. The farm’s fall season will kick off Sept. 22.

Special Photo Southern Belle Farm in McDonough has revealed the newest design for its 7-acre corn maze. The farm’s fall season will kick off Sept. 22.

McDONOUGH — Jake Carter is continuing a family tradition this year by paying homage to his agricultural roots.

Carter has unveiled a new design for his corn maze at Southern Belle Farm, 1658 Turner Church Road. The 7-acre farm’s maze displays the phrase “Proud to be an American farmer” etched into rows of corn, as well as a tractor and an American flag.

“We’re an actual working farm, and we take pride in educating folks on agriculture and farming and to keep the tradition,” said Carter, who operates the family-owned farm. “Our family has been farming in the Henry County area since 1938 and we hope the younger generations in our family will continue where our roots are planted.”

Southern Belle, a former dairy farm, is now an agri-tourism attraction that draws crowds throughout the year. It features barnyard animals and activities for children such as a corn cannon, cow train, pedal carts, a hay ride tour and an inflatable pillow.

Ansley Glenn, marketing director for the farm, said that the economy has made it more difficult for families to spend money on fun activities. For that reason, she said, owners of the farm have worked to keep prices affordable.

“It’s become like an annual tradition for a lot of families to come out to the farm and actually pick a pumpkin from the patch and make memories during the beautiful fall weather,” said Glenn. “Compared to taking the family out to movies or to Six Flags, that would cost a lot more than staying local and visiting the farm.”

Southern Belle Farm will be open Sept. 22 through Nov. 4. Hours of operation for the fall are Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information, call 770-288-2582 or visit www.SouthernBelleFarm.com.