Media Release - Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge 2017 nominated as one of Australia’s best events by industry experts

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As the nation’s answer to the Tour de France with amazing artistic displays from farmers, school and community groups, the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge continues to impress – today announced as a National Finalist by the Australian Event Awards for 2017. 

Selected as a Finalist by the Judging Panel through a rigorous reviewing process of hundreds of entries received from every state and territory, the panel determined that The Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge was a stand-out and a hot contender in this year’s Australian Event Awards.

Now in its ninth year, the Awards are considered the most prestigious prize of its kind amongst industry leaders and event organisers from around the nation. The winners will be announced at a glamorous Awards Ceremony, at The Events Centre in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland on 13 September.

The Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge is also nominated for Australia’s Favourite Event. The event with the most votes will win this category so everyone is invited to vote for their local event when the public voting for Australia’s Favourite Event opens on Thursday, 10 August at 

Thousands of visitors and cyclists participating in the annual NAB B2B Cycling Festival were pleasantly surprised to find the Blayney Shire community had turned up the creativity for the second annual Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge along the cycling route, proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council and volunteer progress group, the Blayney Town Association.

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson said: “This event symbolises the true meaning of community, where the power of connection, a spirit of adventure, relationship building and working collaboratively has delivered significant benefits to the area through visitation, economic growth and development to our small, rural area.”

Co-chair of the Australian Event Awards Judging Panel, Sandy Hollway AO said: “The Awards puts a spotlight on the industry suppliers delivering incredible technical, design, marketing and other achievements, often behind the scenes. 
“Once again, the finalists in this year’s Australian Event Awards demonstrate the strength and variety of Australia’s events industry, from outstanding events in regional areas, to events raising awareness and funds for important causes, bringing Australian brands to life with innovative activations, tourism events pumping money into local economies and many other exhibitions, conferences, festivals and events bringing people together for reasons of celebration, knowledge and connection,” Ms Halloway said.

Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge, Event Organiser, Melanie Monico said: “It is truly a great honour to be recognised as a National Finalist in these prestigious event awards. This accolade showcases the dedication, passion and commitment of a small group of locals with a shared vision to take the Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge forward and place our community on the map in a positive, rewarding way.”

A full list of Australian Event Awards Finalists for 2017 is available at  

The Awards Ceremony is followed by the Australian Event Symposium on 14 – 15 September – a gathering for the entire industry to learn, connect and get up to date with the newest in technology, production, creativity, audience engagement, entertainment and news.

For more information, please contact, Rebecca Ryan on 6368 2104.


Last modified: 08 Aug 2017

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