Media Release - Fairy tales, blockbuster movies & Aussie humour inspiration for Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge


Thousands of visitors and cyclists participating in the annual NAB B2B Cycling Festival will get an unexpected surprise as the Blayney Shire community turn up the creativity for the annual Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge, proudly supported by Blayney Shire Council and Blayney Town Association.   

The region’s answer to the Tour de France with amazing artistic displays from property owners, local school and community groups, the hay bale sculptures are a key attraction for locals and visitors who came to the area to explore the picturesque rural landscape and historic villages of the Blayney Shire. 

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson and representative from the local arts community, blacksmith, Tom Miller had a difficult task choosing the winners and decided to award many highly commended awards for the efforts, design and originality displayed in the entries. 

Mayor Scott Ferguson said: “They are all winners in my eyes and an incredible amount of imagination, design and skill has been involved in all of them.”  

“It’s fantastic to see the community embrace the challenge and get on board with this relatively new event that is now growing in popularity. The creative displays are outstanding and everyone who entered should be commended for their tremendous efforts,” he said. 

Congratulations to the following winners and all entrants for their amazing efforts:

1st place ($300) – Let your hay down – Meek Family, “Greenacres”, Hobbys Yards

2nd place ($200) – Three Little Pigs, Barry Progress Association, Barry

3rd place ($100) – E.T. - Allen/ Stainlay Family, “Springvale”, Barry 

Judges were impressed by the winners’ use of height, imagination, effort, creativity and position in the landscape to deliver an outstanding display that will bring a smile to onlookers in ‘Let your hair down.’

The Three Little Pigs was very smart in using the hay/ straw bale house to recreate the popular children’s story in an attractive, humorous, sculpture complete with big, bad wolf in the chimney.  

The clever positioning in the landscape, simplicity, yet attention to detail in E.T. was chosen for third place. 

A number of Highly Commended awards were presented to:

The Rainbow Fish – B & J Ryan, “Rockvale”, Barry

Titantic – Mendham Family, “Teasdale Park”, Barry

Red Back on a Dunny Seat – Ryan Family, Hobbys Yards

Barry Rest Stop – Ryan & Davis Girls, Barry

Hay chick – Eva Price, “Weemala”, Blayney

Hay henge – Lachlan Price, “Allonby”, Blayney 

Mr Tom Miller said it was fantastic to see many young entrants this year and praised all entrants for their enthusiasm and community spirit. 

“As the event grows, we may need to look at various categories based on age groups and possibly themes to showcase the talent. Make sure you come out for a look and tell your friends…you won’t be disappointed,” Mr Miller said. 

How the community can get involved:

Apart from supporting the entries by coming out for a drive to view them… 

To give the community an opportunity vote for their favourite hay bale sculpture, organisers have introduced a ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the entry who gets the most comments, likes and shares on the pinned post at the top of Blayney Shire Council’s Facebook page. The winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ wins vouchers from local businesses –$50 Voucher for Degustation night dinner from Nellie Ryan’s and $50 Voucher from Hill & Crofts CRT.

A new Facebook 'selfie' competition is now open to encourage visitors and locals to show off the creations to their social media networks with #BlayneyHayBaleArt for the chance to win a $50 voucher from Blayney Newsagency, Adelaide Street, Blayney and a $50 fuel voucher from Newman’s Service Centre. 

The People’s Choice award and Facebook selfie competition closes on Monday, 10 April at 9am and winners will be announced at 12 noon.

The Blayney Hay Bale Art Trail Map can be downloaded at or collected from the Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre in Adelaide Street, Blayney.

Hay bale sculptures cannot last forever so please be quick to view the sculptures before local farmers reclaim their paddocks to feed their livestock. Please drive carefully. 

1st Place -  Let You Hay Down – Meek Family “Ambermere” Hobby’s Yards3

1st place – Let your hay down – Meek Family, “Greenacres”, Hobbys Yards

2nd Place - Three Little Pigs - Barry Progres Assoc. 8 Sawyer St

2nd Place - Three Little Pigs - Barry Progres Assoc. 8 Sawyer St

3rd Place - ET Allan Stainlay Family Springvale Barry

3rd Place - E.T Allen/Stainlay Family, "Springvale" Barry

Last modified: 29 Mar 2017

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