August 15th is the deadline for this year's contest which begins September 12. Entry forms will be available at Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street and other businesses. The hay bales must be in place and decorated by September 12. If you are interested in being creative, this is the event for you. The contest is open to everyone. Lyle Ansell is again coordinating the event.
Tourism Lucas County created a one of a kind event in Iowa last year that created interest throughout the Midwest. The purpose of the event is to find a fun and entertaining way to celebrate the importance of forages in Lucas County and encourage tourism. Next month's issue of Our Iowa Magazine will feature last years contest.
There will be judging in the following categories:. Youth (eighteen and younger), adult and businesses. For those without their own supply of hay, the committee will connect those interested with a hay supplier. The hay used for this event will be returned to the farmers as feed for their cattle, livestock and chickens. Ansell went on to say hay must be returned to the farmer in condition to feed to their livestock. Strings or hay nets need to be left intact and only non-oil based paints are approved. Hay suppliers will explain guidelines and details when they drop off their hay.
Let you imagination be your guide. The range of possibilities is endless. These folk art exhibits can be as simple as a hale bale face created with non-oil based paint, and a covering for hair. As you create your character consider using natural resources such as flowers, garden produce, tree limbs or stumps to add texture to your display.
Pictured below are some ideas I got from the Internet: