Special Olympics benefits from amazing fall festival


LAKE ASBURY – The seventh edition of the five-acre Amazing Grace Crop Maze is designed after the Special Olympics logo.

Kelly Mosley owns the farm with her husband Justin. She said the idea for the Special Olympics design was chosen because some of the farm’s team members participated in the event as athletes or partners.

A portion of ticket proceeds at the Amazing Grace Family Farms Fall Festival will go to the Special Olympics.

“The Special Olympics has done a lot for so many young people in our community,” Mosley said.

Ronna Smith, the county’s Special Olympics director, said the event promotes inclusion and acceptance. The Special Olympics is constantly fundraising, Smith said, providing training, uniforms, food and lodging and transportation for athletes.

“(The Special Olympics) shows what they can do and accentuates the positives in their life,” Smith said. “It teaches them how to have a social life.”

Smith said Clay’s Special Olympics used to only have bowling and track. Now it has 12 to 13 sports and looks to add more. She called the design humbling and said the maze represented the brand well.

“It’s just a great opportunity, not only to get the community involved with our mission, but the mission of the crop maze as well,” Smith said.

The fall festival is at 2899 Wisteria Farm Road in Green Cove Springs.

Drought-tolerant sorghum is planted in July, Mosley said. The maze is cut by Utah-based The Maze Company in early August. Then it grows into the maze you see.

The maze is actually two mazes, one is longer and more difficult, then there’s a “kiddie maze.”

Previous designs include the Tim Tebow Foundation’s W15H Program, and former Clay High and NFL defensive end Cliff Avril’s foundation. The maze honored the Dave White Memorial Foundation last year.

Other events at the fall festival include farm animals, a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, jump pads, duck races and cornhole competitions.

“We want people to enjoy spending time together as a family when they come to the farm. You’ll see a whole family do tug-o-war together,” Mosley said. “In a time where a lot of us spend time on screens, it’s really great to see families spending time together. That’s one of the best things about it.”

Amazing Grace Family Farms’ Fall Festival lasts until Oct. 26. Hours are 5-10 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturdays.


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