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At'l Do Farms welcomes visitors to Corn MAiZE on Saturday

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SHALLOWATER, TX (KCBD) -

A fall favorite returns Saturday when The At'l Do Farms Corn MAiZE opens for the 2016 Fall season.

For the owners, Patti and James Simpson, there is a lot of work that leads up to opening day as they prepare for 45,000 visitors.

Just like farmers, their business relies on the weather, and they're hoping for clear weather for opening day.

MAP: Click here for detailed directions

Walking through the maze, visitors see nothing but corn stalks about seven feet high. But 16 years ago the Simpsons saw a lot more than that.

James Simpson remembers the early days, in 2000: "We thought it might just be a fad, then the new would wear off. But it continued to grow. So at some point we decided, well, we'll just grow with it."

Click here to see photos of the maze designs for the past 16 years.

This husband and wife duo harvested an idea that grew into a tradition.

"The hardest adjustment for us has been dealing with the public. We were use to a more solitary lifestyle."

But before thousands navigate through the corn, the Simpsons have months of preparation and planning.

Patti says, "We start in February, March, submitting our design. Then we plant in June."

The family farm has turned into a place for families, couples and college kids to slow down and experience a different lifestyle.

The days leading up to opening day are packed with wood trips, pumpkin placing and finishing touches, all of them months in the making.

"Most of the time James takes care of all the big stuff. I do the little things like stocking condiments, ordering things, decorating things." Patti says.

A management dynamic that works and draws people to come find the maze just outside of Shallowater.

The couple says they're excited to get the season underway, "but the at the end of the season we look up and see how many people we've had and it's wow."

The Farm is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.

Their visitor season runs through mid November.

You can find more information at: http://www.atldofarms.com/index.php

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