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Local farmer's corn maze honors storm volunteers

Mark's Melon Patch was designed to honor local storm volunteers around South Georgia. / Mark's Melon Patch

As Fall begins, weekends are soon to be packed with hayrides, festivals and fun across South Georgia.

Mark's Melon Patch started off as a small fruit and vegetable stand under a pecan tree just south of Sasser. Today, the business has evolved and draws in thousands of visitors each year.

For the 36th anniversary, this local agritourism business found a way to honor local storm volunteers, through the five acre corn maze.

Because of the storms in January, this years' design is 'Albany Strong' - not only does it feature that phrase, but there is also a flag and a person with a chainsaw cutting the cross, made from a tree trunk.

Owner Mark Daniel was one of the many volunteers to came together to clean up after the straight-line winds and tornadoes in January. Daniel hopes the maze becomes a place where people can come and share their stories this season.

Daniel says, "it's been a humbling response. There's a lot of pain inflicted everywhere with that storm, and I hope this just helps the healing process some."

FOX 31 reached out to a storm volunteer who is excited about this years design. Tom Gieryic says, "it's amazing that a business owner like that takes the opportunity to do what he does, because that's a very intricate layout for him to do and it's awesome."

Daniel says that the Fall fun starts Saturday, September 23. Mark's Melon Patch is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The pumpkin patch is full, there will be hayrides, face painting, a pumpkin jump castle, spooky hay maze, a petting zoo and a new addition this year, Mark's Monster Slide. The corn maze will be open daily with special flashlight nights schedule.

Schools looking to finalize their educational Fall field trips can call the Farm Stand at 229-698-4750.



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