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Thunder Road Farm invites you to ‘Get Lost for a Cause’ - October 2 event to benefit two Nokomis students battling cancer

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Thunder Road Farm invites you to ‘Get Lost for a Cause’ - October 2 event to benefit two Nokomis students battling cancer (Aerial photo provided by Thunder Road Farm?

When the going gets tough, you can always count on Mainers to pull together. People from the community surrounding Nokomis Regional Middle and High schools in Newport are coming together in a variety of ways to support two young people stricken with cancer.

Owners of the popular corn maze at Thunder Road Farm, 185 Newport Road in Corinna, say they’ve planned a fun fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, October 2, dubbed “Get Lost for a Cause.” The event will benefit 19-year-old Nokomis alumni Donovan Kurt and 15-year-old Aiden Anderson, a current Nokomis student. Both had previously worked at the farm.

Donovan was diagnosed with brain cancer more than two years ago. Aiden is currently being treated for two types of leukemia.

Barbara Peavey of Thunder Road Farm says the news of Donovan’s and Aiden’s diagnosis rocked the community.

“We’re a pretty close-knit community where all of the kids are really close and it’s hitting this area hard,” Peavey says. “We thought our corn maze would give us an opportunity to bring people together to help these boys and their families because dealing with cancer is very expensive as everyone knows.”

The fresh produce stand at Thunder Road Farm has been collecting donations for Donovan and Aiden for some time. According to Peavey, more than $2,500 has been collected to date and will be added to the total amount gathered on October 2.

Thunder Road Farm creates a different design each year for their corn maze. People navigating the maze this year will wind their way through an intricate gold ball design chosen to honor the State A Class Champion Nokomis High School Warriors varsity basketball team.

Peavey says the fundraiser on October 2 will include a jail and bail event with all proceeds going to the cause.

“This will be a fun thing where you can have somebody placed in our jail for a certain period of time and they or someone else will have to pay to get them out,” Peavey says

The event is also scheduled to include face painting by donation and a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to the Kurt and Anderson families along with a portion of that day’s corn maze admission.

Thunder Road Farm encourages all students from Nokomis middle and high schools to raise funds and to bring those donations with them on October 2. Admission will be free for those students.

Peavey adds that everyone sporting Nokomis wear on October 2 will be admitted for half price and that Thunder Road Farm will make an additional donation for every person who comes through the door on October 2.

On a personal note, I wanted to add that Thunder Road Farm once provided me the opportunity to become lost inside my own head.

In the fall of 2009, they chose The Mike and Mike Show as that year’s corn maze design. I did that morning radio show with Mike Elliott for 15 years, first on Z 107.3 FM, then for KISS FM.

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen an aerial photograph of your giant head emblazoned in corn. The experience of actually walking through it was as much fun as you’d expect but a little surreal, especially when I became lost somewhere in my nose.

Mike Elliott later made a claim on the air that he found me disheveled and “gnawing on my shirt sleeve” from lack of hunger after being stuck in the maze for nearly 10 minutes.

That part wasn’t true, but people still ask me about it.

Thunder Road Farm does a lot of great work to help people in the community in a variety of ways and their “Get Lost for a Cause” event to benefit Donovan and Aiden on October 2 is only the latest example.

Last modified on Monday, 26 September 2022 05:42

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