Corn Maze – Pt. 3
More of ‘Why we design it the way we do.’
If you have been following along in our attempt to enlighten you about all things corn maze at Colony Pumpkin Patch you have learned how it’s made, and why we chose the themes we did in our first years. Now let’s look at the importance of the themes we choose the last couple years. As I shared, finding a focus each year is probably the hardest part for us, however some years it’s been much easier than others. This was the case in 2015 and 2016.
As members of our community’s ‘Betterment Committee’, which is a bunch of people who get to create fun events that benefit people in our town in a number of different ways, Dean and I not only get to help develop these events, but we also get to see first hand how those funds can make a difference. That is the case when Dean witnessed the amount of families who regularly ‘shop’ at our community food pantry the day that the Betterment Committee presented the pantry with a check raised from that years summer event. He was moved by how many of our neighbors were in need of food for their families and decided right then that our maze that year was going to help them too. People from far and wide not only enjoyed the challenge of the maze, but hopefully enjoyed knowing that a portion of their ticket directly impacted those in need as well. That year we too were able to present the pantry with a big check.
In the wake off all the negative press police around the country have recieved in recent years, we knew that we wanted to highlight our North Liberty Police Department in some way for the 2016 corn maze so off we went to discuss ideas with the police chief. It is always fun to meet with Diane as she is a childhood friend of mine, but this time we got right down to business. As it turned out this discussion was timed very well as the department had recently decided to pursue aquiring a K9 Office for the department so as flattered as they were to be highlight as a positive impact on our community, what they really needed was a jump start to the fundraising process for this new addition to the force. We went to work immediately on a design as well as discussing other creative ways to bring awareness to how a K9 office could benefit the area, and how to fundraise. The whole department got excited about the project and rallied to make it happen. From the fun arial footage that we used to promote it, to the clothing and other items designed, made, and sold, to organizing demonstrations and off shoot events, all were done by the officers who would be choosing, training, and caring for their future co-worker. It was a true Team effort, and again we were able to provide a sizable check to them to help make it all a reality. The hope is that the new K9 officer will be picked yet this Spring!
Have you tackled any of our past mazes? Which one was your favorite?? If you haven’t yet, hopefully you can come out and experience one of these A-Mazing masterpieces soon!