WMGQ-FM’s Joins Amazingly Fun Tribute To Derek Jeter
October 3, 2014
By Kathy Chang
WMGQ-FM MAGIC 98.3 is in its second year as media sponsor for the annual corn maze at VonThun Farms in South Brunswick, NJ.
This year’s theme is a tribute to Derek Jeter, the longtime professional New York Yankees baseball shortstop.
“Derek Jeter is admired by many, even those who don’t like baseball or the Yankees,” said Jeff Rafter, Program Director and Operations Manager at MAGIC 98.3 FM. “He did it the right way: hard work and class. He has received many tributes and gifts this year, as he plays his final season.”
Cindy Von Thun, whose family owns VonThun Farms, which includes her husband Bob Jr. and his parents Bob Sr. and Sue, said as they were brainstorming ideas for this year’s theme, Derek Jeter’s name was floating around.
“My son Tim and a lot of our employees are fans of Derek Jeter,” she said.
And since Jeter, dubbed Captain Clutch, is retiring this year, the Von Thun family thought it would be a great way to honor his successful career. The theme is “Tribute to Derek Jeter.”
“This was something different and [Derek Jeter] is an all-around great guy that we all have much respect for,” Cindy Von Thun said.
Carved into the farm’s five-plus-acre corn maze—stalks reaching 6 to 7 feet tall—is a likeness of Derek Jeter, his number 2, and the words “Thanks Captain Clutch.” The corn maze tribute features four miles of twists, turns and fun interactive family activities. The design has reached national attention through media coverage—from blogger Perez Hilton to ESPN and The Seattle Times.
Rafter said because the corn maze is very unique this year, they are not too surprised by the national coverage.
“We are happy to be part of it … it sure is fun,” he said.
Von Thun said the themed corn mazes began in 2008. She said they come up with a rough draft of a design, which is plugged into a computer program, and they work with The Maize Company out of Utah to make the design a reality.
This year, the company did a walk-through in July and cut the maze.
The inaugural corn maze in 2008 was themed for the Farmers Against Hunger, a New Jersey-based organization to preserve and enhance agriculture, farming and related activities and businesses in New Jersey through educational, informational and promotional programs.
Over the next few years, the maze was themed for the Rutgers University football team. One year, the maze was themed for the Brothers Helping Brothers, an organization of firefighters helping other firefighters who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
Along with the corn maze, VonThun Farms, located at 505 Ridge Road, features apple and pumpkin picking, and more than 20 weekend attractions for the whole family, including hayrides, inflatable bounces, farm animals and more. This year marks the farm’s 26th season of family agri-tainment offered on the farm.
The maze will be open daily through October 31. Additional agri-tainment activities are offered on weekends.