Night has chased the light out of the sky, forcing the lone figure weaving in and out of the towering corn stalks to slice through the darkness with a flashlight. The evening’s silence is broken by an eerie noise that causes the figure to break into a frantic run, but his escape is thwarted as his friends leap out of the corn into his path, giggling and hooting, “You weren’t scared, were you?!” This is not a scene from a horror movie, but instead from Shuckle's Corn Maze’s Maze by Flashlight event, which dares visitors to navigate the almost 7-acre maze with only a flashlight to illuminate their path. Dedicated to delighting visitors with family-friendly activities, Shuckle’s staff welcomes guests of all ages to spend the day celebrating autumn’s arrival.
On any given fall day, the staffers usher intrepid explorers into the maze to maneuver the numerous twists, turns, and vengeful mutant corncobs therein. The Kiddie Hippity Hoppity mini maze grants youngsters a chance to tackle an age-appropriate labyrinth, and events such as hayrides, face painting, and bouncy pony-hop races unleash the inner children of all those who participate. The pumpkin patch's rotund inhabitants eagerly await the moment they’ll be scooped up and taken home to a new family, while audiences nestled in the Ho-Hum theater shimmy along with an ever-changing roster of musicians belting out bluegrass, country, and gospel tunes.
Hurst Discount Drugs harkens back to simpler times, filling glasses with summer-certified eats from its old-fashioned soda fountain. The shop boasts a menu brimming with creamy treats and classic American fare, and it dishes out frozen delicacies by the scoop ($1.79), double scoop ($2.89), or perfectly sculpted dodecahedron. Frosty floats ($2.89) enliven taste buds with a fusion of ice cream and soda, forming foaming combinations with Pepsi, root beer, and Sierra Mist. While sitting atop a row of red barstools, duos can dig into the banana split ($4.99) or excavate sprinkles at the bottom of a dual-strawed shake ($3 for a regular). The red-walled eatery also slings a selection of savory dishes, including bacon cheeseburgers ($4.29) and chili dogs ($2.29), allowing patrons to refuel before meandering through the drug store's gift shop and purchasing enough U of K memorabilia to get an honorary doctorate in devotion.
Boone's Butcher Shop cures, cuts, and packages fresh meat daily, stuffing the grocery bags of eager carnivores with an array of fresh beef, pork, lamb, game, and sausages. In addition to custom-processing its patrons' catch, since 1946 the shop has cooked up its own savory concoctions, including homemade breakfast sausages ($2.39/lb.), and a bucket of house-made chicken salad ($19.25) for watering houseplants. With Boone's "Pick Five" deal ($19.99), customers can choose five items from the more than 80 selections in the store. Link together links of homemade bratwurst ($3.79/lb.) and Italian sausage ($3.79/lb.) to form a delicious waist-belt along with five-pound packages of hamburger patties ($15.95) that come in your choice of five sizes, to coincide with varied bun shapes and ketchup designs.
Hendersonville Produce stocks its aisles with fresh fruits and veggies delivered each day, grass-fed beef, and seasonal favorites sourced from local farmers and vendors, such as Southern Artisan Chocolate and Sweetwater Cheeses. Customers can fill a basket with vine-ripe tomatoes ($2.59/lb.), juicy fillets ($12.99+/lb.), and gourmet cheeses ($6.99/lb.) to give homebrewed cuisine a fine-dining vintage. Mouths catch the fall spirit by sinking chompers into nutrient-rich squash ($1.99/lb.) and lit-candle-rich pumpkin ($2.99+). Hendersonville Produce also provides decorative seasonal items, including gourds and mums, as well as an arsenal of everyday essentials, such as half gallons of milk ($3.57), avocados ($1.99/each), jam ($3.99–$4.59), and solid-gold turnips. Shoppers can stop by to indulge in complimentary samples and refreshments on select days.
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