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Time to get creative with hay bales

A statewide Hay Bale Decorating Contest is being sponsored by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Leadership Committee.

The competition is open to anyone, including county farm bureaus, farmers’ markets, farm supply businesses, student groups and community associations, according to a news release.

Applications will be accepted Sept. 1 through Nov. 1. Decorators can use round or square bales and other agriculture items to create various scenes—animals, structures, shapes and farmscapes. Guidelines and an entry form are available at

According to the release from the farm bureau, participants are asked to submit photos of their displays with each application. Winners will receive a cash award in five display categories: best promotional display for agriculture business or commodity; best promotional display for community spirit; most creative; best agricultural theme, and best agribusiness, FFA, 4-H or school display.

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