TOURIST ATTRACTION: The Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge continues to lure sightseers to the region following the staging of the recent nab B2B Cyclo Sportif Challenge.Local property owners from Blayney to Barry and Hobby Yards have reported at least 50 vehicles a day continue to bring sightseers out to view the amazing creations designed in the first ever Blayney Hay Bale Art Challenge along the annual nab B2B cycling route.
It seems the new event, initiated by Blayney Shire Council and Blayney Town Association (BTA), is set to be held annually.
Hay bales have been the talk of the town around Blayney and the surrounding region – and not just among farmers.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from the thousands of cyclists, visitors and residents who have viewed the hay bale art sculptures, with many locals interested in getting involved next year.
Mayor Scott Ferguson said a number of factors contributed to the success of the event, including the amazing spirit and commitment of the entrants, strong promotion on the back of the growing B2B cycling event and community and business support which shared the excitement via social media.
“We always believed this event could generate exposure for Blayney and our villages, but who knew hay bales could be so popular? The level of interest has surpassed all expectations. With the right support and passion, even the wildest ideas can lead to something worthwhile. Just like the Tour de France, every event has to start somewhere,” he said.
“Many people have commented on how impressed they have been by the imaginative, creative and humorous displays.
“The realistic-looking castle, complete with moat and drawbridge, that took the Mendham family more than three weekends and 300 hay bales to build, has definitely set the bar high.
“Captain-Risky was a favourite, as well as the effort and fun-spirit captured in the tractor, cafè latte set and sling-shot sheep. The friendly creatures that popped up in paddocks, including the giant snail, bees, sheep and very hungry caterpillar, were also very popular!
“A big thank you to our judges, deputy mayor Allan Ewin and recent winner of the Textures of One major art prize, Penny May, who had a challenging time awarding prize money and place ribbons, although they enjoyed the experience of being involved,” Cr Ferguson said.
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