Cold Mountain Corn Maize barbecue festival to benefit Good Samaritan Clinic

By Caroline Klapper | Sep 16, 2011
Courtesy of: Ron Stamey and Rodney Brown An image of the Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Bethel from above. Part of the proceeds from the festival Saturday, Sept. 17 will go to the Good Samaritan Clinic.

Fall ushers in cooler weather, changing leaves and all the fun of harvest season, including the always-popular corn maze.

For the past seven years, Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Bethel has offered locals and visitors a great place to go for family friendly fun, but for one day during the season, the maze also serves another purpose.

Every year, owner Skipper Russell chooses a day when he donates part of the proceeds from the maze to a charity or nonprofit. In past years, beneficiaries included the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Haywood and the Rose of Sharon.

“The community is what keeps me in business. It’s just my way of giving back to the community,” Russell said of his reason for the annual donation day.

This year, Russell chose to donate to the Good Samaritan Clinic, a local health clinic that serves the uninsured in Haywood County.

“We read they needed some help,” said Russell's daughter, Janice Heatherly of Community Action Opportunities. “They’re such a good thing for the community. There’s a lot of people in Haywood County that cannot afford health insurance.”

Heatherly said she has friends and family that have used the services of the clinic, and she was excited to know the organization would be receiving the donation from the corn maze.

As an extra bonus this year, Cold Mountain Corn Maize is having a Smokin’ BBQ Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. For a $10 fee, visitors can enjoy barbecue samples, bluegrass music from the Hominy Valley boys and Sons of Ralph as well as entry to the corn maze. Entry to the corn maze alone is $8.

Half of the proceeds from the event will go to the Good Samaritan Clinic, and donations to the clinic will be accepted.

“It’s an event for the whole family,” Heatherly said. “We have a full day of bluegrass and clogging. We encourage people to bring a chair and come on.”

This is the first year for the festival, but Russell said he hopes it will become an annual event that people can enjoy every fall.

“There’s not many things going on in the county right now, and (people) just like a place to go, and it’s a tourist attraction, too,” he said, adding many people just enjoy spending the day relaxing in the country.

Sponsors for the festival include Ingles, KISS 99.9 and Tractor Supply Company.

For information, call 279-6458. Cold Mountain Corn Maize is at 4168 Pisgah Dr. in Canton (Bethel).

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