Donaldsons asking kids for maze ideas
MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP — It seems like every farm has a corn maze, but Donaldson Farm has a new twist.
Instead of hiring someone to come up with a design or thinking of one themselves for the 2018 maze, they are holding a contest.
Katie Donaldson, who came up with the contest idea, said her nephew, Justin, usually designs the annual maze.
The family chose a theme, “Brighten Someone’s Day,” and askedchildren to create a design.
Entrants must be 17-years-old or younger, use an official entry form (available at the Allen Road farmstand and on the website) and use black or blue ink.
Donaldson emphasized the simpler the design the better for reproduction purposes because it will be plotted using GPS. She said the man who does the plotting, who is known as The Maze Guy, reserves the right to make any alternation necessary when creating the maze.
The farm’s maze is nine acres, but it’s not a perfect rectangle. The Donaldson Farm logo is in one area.
With a large age range for applications, Donaldson is expecting a wide variety of entries. They are due on May 20 and the family will look through all entries and notify the winner on or about May 30. Entries may be dropped off at the stand (358 Allen Road, Hackettstown) or mailed to 176 Airport Road, Hackettstown. If mailed, they must be postmarked by 6 p.m. May 20.
All local schools received notice of the contest through their art teachers and it is being shared on Facebook, Donaldson said. The winner will receive a Fall Fun Farm Prize Pack, which consists of goodies from the farm market and a special visit to the farm.
Each year, the Donaldson family chooses a different charity with local connections to receive $1 from each entry fee for the maze. In past years they have chosen The Martin Truax Jr. Fund and Welcome Home Vets. This year the charity is Tomorrows Children’s Fund, a charity out of Hackensack University Medical Center that helps children with cancer or serious blood disorders. Tomorrows Children provides a full range of services for families’ emotional and financial needs. It also provides activities, events and outings, special guests and parties for the young patients.
There is space on the entry form for the young artists to tell their story of a connection to the fund, if appropriate.
Katie Donaldson said, coincidentally, Justin’s wife, Selina, was once at patient at Hackensack University Medical Center and had an aunt treated for cancer there as a child.
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