RICHMOND, Va. — County Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters, 4-H clubs and agribusinesses in Virginia created a variety of displays with hay bales to compete in Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest.
In its eighth year, the competition is sponsored by the VFBF Women’s Leadership Committee and gives communities an opportunity to showcase their love for agriculture.
This year’s contest drew 46 entries, with display themes that included farm animals, horticulture, farm machinery and farm safety.
“We always love seeing what groups and organizations create for their hay bale scenes,” said Faye Hundley, chair of the VFBF Women’s Leadership Committee. “This continues to be a popular activity each fall, and it’s heartwarming to witness people coming together to celebrate their communities and agriculture in such a fun, imaginative way.”
County Farm Bureaus were encouraged to solicit entries from local businesses and organizations such as farmers markets and agricultural school groups. Winners each received a $100 cash award and were announced on the VFBF Women’s Leadership Program Facebook page.
The winners are:
- Best Agribusiness, FFA, 4-H or School Display: Orange County FFA
- Best Agribusiness or Commodity Display: Page County Farm Bureau
- Best Agricultural Themed Display: North Fork Middle School in Shenandoah County
- Most Creative Display: Wythe County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees
- Best Community Spirit Display: Page County High School
With 133,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry.
–Alice Kemp, Virginia Farm Bureau