We expect that readers of Bluegrass Today know Sammy Shelor as the award-winning banjo player and manager of Lonesome River Band. Some may be aware of his work with the state of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, more commonly known as The Crooked Road, and a few may even realize that his wife, Sue, operates a small crafts business, Mountain Meadow Farm and Crafts Market.
Not many will know that he is set to open a music-themed tourist attraction this weekend, not far from his home in Patrick County, VA. It will be known as the Corn Acoustics Corn Maze, and is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Meadows of Dan, VA. Sam was inspired to create the maze by the efforts of his friend John Arnold of the Lonesome Highway Bluegrass Band, who does a similar maze himself each year near Romney, WV.
The Grand Opening is scheduled for September 2, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Chinquapin Festival in Meadows Of Dan. Visitors can try their hand at navigating the maze, cut to resemble the official Crooked Trail logo, which is styled in the shape of a banjo.
The maze was planted in May of this year, and they have a number of photos of the proces of planting and cutting the maze up on their web site, along with tips for solving it should you want to give it a try.
You can find the Corn Acoustics Corn Maze along the Crooked Road, adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 178 on State Route 795 (Concord Road). Hours, admission fees and contact info are available on the Mountain Meadow web site.