RICHMOND, Va. — This fall, agribusinesses, community groups, county Farm Bureaus, FFA chapters, 4-H clubs and individuals across Virginia created unique displays with hay bales to compete in Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Hay Bale Decorating Contest.
In its ninth year, the annual competition gave communities an opportunity to celebrate their creativity while sparking conversations about farming and agriculture.
This year’s contest drew a record 59 entries, with display themes that depicted farm animals, farmscapes, horticulture, farm machinery and Virginia-produced commodities.
“I’m delighted we received the most entries we’ve ever had for this competition, and the imagination and ingenuity everyone puts into the hay bale displays is always so impressive,” said Faye Hundley, chair of the VFBF Women’s Leadership Committee. “Not only are they a fun, creative outlet, but they also tell a story about agriculture and help connect communities with their farmers.”
County Farm Bureaus were encouraged to solicit entries from local businesses and organizations such as farmers markets and school agricultural groups. Winners each received a $100 cash award and a trophy and were recognized on the VFBF Women’s Leadership Program Facebook page.
The winners are:
- Community Spirit: Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy
- Junior category (age 8 and under): Lane Smith of Warren County
- Most Creative: Grayson County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee
- Square Bale category: Tazewell County 4-H Dog Club
- Stars of Agriculture category: Rockbridge County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee
With almost 135,000 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