Ready for something really cool? Ellms Family Farm is putting on a “Fairy House Contest” for the very first time. It involves a scavenger hunt, has a really excellent prize for the top three winners, and there’s a fun backstory behind the idea for the contest.
The Contest Details
Ellms has created a trail through the woods that will be lined with fairy houses submitted by the community. These houses will be displayed throughout the fall season, and will also be incorporated into a scavenger hunt.
Here are the rules: The fairy houses must be able to withstand nature, they will not be returned afterwards, and you must drop the houses off at the farm on Friday, August 31st between 8am and 9:30am, or between 5pm and 6:30pm; you can also drop them off on Saturday, September 1st between 8am and 9:30am.
As for the size, fairy houses can be as small as 8″ by 8″ and as large as 24″ by 24″.
A tip: You can spend a lot of money at craft stores buying all the tiny components to build your fairy house. But, Ellms has reminded us that items found in nature or around the home can really be a perfect (and free!) addition. Think stones, sticks, pine cones, buttons, ribbons.
Three winners will be chosen to receive family season passes. This is huge – if you’ve never been to Ellms, it’s much more than a pumpkin patch and corn maze. They literally have over 30 exceptional farm activities for the whole family.
If you have any questions you can contact Ashley DiPaola at Ellms at 585.230-6824.
The Story Behind the Contest & Scavenger Hunt
The Fairy House Contest and scavenger hunt is influenced by experiences DiPaola has had with her husband and kids.
DiPaola and her family have embarked more than once on a special walk in the woods in Cape Cod, where artists in the community have created fairy houses that line a particular path – this is where the fairy house aspect comes from.
As for the scavenger hunt, DiPaola got that idea from trips to Rochester. For the past several Decembers, DiPaola and her husband have taken their kids to a Gingerbread House Exhibit at the George Eastman House, where guests participate in a scavenger hunt to match up clues to the right gingerbread houses.
If this all sounds like fun to you, channel your inner artist and get started on a fairy house to be displayed today! Remember, you must turn the house in by August 31st or September 1st. Good luck!