Entries now open for next Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge

Local residents, school and community groups are gearing up to welcome thousands of visitors and cyclists to the annual nab B2B Cycling Festival with the wheels in motion for this year’s Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council and the Blayney Town Association (BTA).

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson said: “Following the tremendous success of last year, we are expecting the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge to be even bigger with more displays from school groups, community groups, local farmers and residents who are getting involved in the event. 

“Decorated hay bales and art sculptures will start to pop up along the nab B2B cycling route and other major roads into Blayney from Millthorpe, Bathurst and Carcoar from the end of March as locals start to build their creations in a ‘Tour de France’ style warm welcome for cyclists and visitors to the area,” 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 the nab B2B cycling festival, we are expecting many visitors to 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.

Last year’s winner, Tim Mendham from Barry, who used about 300 hay bales to build a magnificent castle complete with drawbridge and moat, is expected to enter once again. Families who participated last year and many others are set to take up the challenge and are already secretly planning their hay bale designs. 

Event Co-ordinator from the BTA, Tamara Miller said not everyone can ride in the cycling events but almost everyone can participate in the hay bale challenge.

“Most locals get involved because it’s great way to connect with others in the community, showcase the area and just for the fun of it,” Mrs Miller said. 
“We welcome locals along the nab B2B cycling route from Blayney through to Bathurst and the surrounding major highways to get involved. If school and community groups need a paddock to build a creation, please get in touch with me as we may be able to assist,” Mrs Miller said.

The 2017 Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge will officially start from 27 March – 3 April 2017. Artwork will be judged and winners announced on Wednesday, March 29. Prize money has increased this year to reward the tremendous effort of entrants with 1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. 

Organisers have introduced a new People’s Choice Award where the community will be able 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.

A new Facebook 'selfie' competition will be launched to encourage visitors and locals to show off the amazing creations to their social media networks with #BlayneyHayBaleArt for the chance to win a local business gift voucher. 

Get your entry form in now and review the full Terms & Conditions below or Council’s office in Adelaide Street. All entries should be submitted by Wednesday, 22 March to Council or email events@blayney.nsw.gov.au
For more information, please contact, BTA member, Tamara Miller on 0407 108 159.

Cr Ferguson praised the local efforts and tremendous community spirit that Blayney and its historic villages are known for.

“This event is only made possible with the generosity and dedication of organisers and locals working together. I’m sure the many visitors to our region will embrace the warm welcome from the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge as it continues to develop over the years,” Councillor Ferguson said.

The first Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge in 2016 recently won the Community Event of the Year at the Blayney Shire Australia Day Awards ceremony. 

For further information and media enquiries, please contact:
Melanie Monico, Community Development and Tourism Projects Officer
02 6368 2104 or 0420 870 387
Blayney Town Association, Event Co-ordinator, Tamara Miller on 0407 108 159.

Last modified: 01 Mar 2017

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