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Blayney & Villages Hay Bale Art Challenge

Blayney Shire Council
Event organized by Blayney Shire Council

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Where will hay bale art sculptures pop up this year?

The 2018 Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge runs from 16 April – 23 April.

The Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge is expected to ‘wow’ the thousands of visitors and cyclists expected to travel to the area to participate in the annual Blayney 2 Bathurst (B2B) Cycling event, now part of the Bathurst Cycling Classic.

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson said, following the tremendous success of last year, the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge is expected to continue to grow in popularity and support from local residents, businesses and school groups who see the event as a great way to showcase the picturesque country landscape and celebrate Blayney Shire’s traditional agricultural heritage.

“It’s estimated more than 5,000 visitors and locals will travel to the area to see this year’s Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge. I’m sure they will be surprised at the creative art displays, decorated hay bales and sculptures that are expected to pop up in paddocks from Monday 16 April in a ‘Tour de France’ style warm welcome,” Cr Ferguson said.

“The beautiful landscape and gently undulating road networks through our historic country villages are fast becoming a popular attraction for cycling enthusiasts from across the region, state, nation and beyond.

“With the addition of the Gran Fondo elite cycling event as well as the usual 70 km and 100 km rides at this year’s B2B cycling event, many visitors will come to discover the region. We encourage them to pick up a Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge map and take a drive through our local villages where hay bales art work will be displayed,” he said.

Families, local school groups and residents who participated last year and newcomers are set to take up the challenge and are already secretly planning their hay bale designs.

BTA President, Bill Burdett said despite the unseasonal lack of rain which has made hay bale production a challenge, locals remain confident they will be able to participate this year and all hay bales will continue to be used to feed their animals soon after the week- long event.

“Previous hay bale winner and local farm services contractor, Tim Mendham from Barry is supporting the event by offering to assist with hay supplies for those wanting to participate,” Mr Burdett said.

“The way locals and visitors have embraced the event, the efforts of organisers from Blayney Shire Council and volunteers devoting their time and creativity to designing and building hay bales has made this a very special local signature event,” Mr Burdett said.

“In just two short years, the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge has received national recognition at the Australian Events Award as a truly unique, quirky and family-fun event.

The Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge will officially start from 16 April - 23 April 2018. Artwork will be judged and winners announced on Tuesday 17 April. Local business vouchers will reward the tremendous effort of entrants to the value of $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Thanks to local business sponsor, Mid West Concrete for their contribution of $500 towards prizes.

The People’s Choice Award will feature again this year, enabling the visitors and residents to vote for their favourite entry via Blayney Shire Council’s Facebook page. The entrant with the most likes, comments and shares on the competition post, will win a local business gift voucher.

Proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council Blayney Town Association Inc BARRY 2799 NSW Newbridge,

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