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Farm City Week Haybale Decorating Competition

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Farm City Week Hay Bale Decorating Contest

Entry Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2023. Entrants must complete the Hay Bale Decorating Contest Google Form linked below or by email to N.C. Cooperative Extension, Harnett County Center

Contest Entry Form


Hay Bale Contest Paper Form

Decoration Dates: Thursday, November 9 or Friday, November 10, 2023 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Awards: Saturday, November 11, 2023 time TBA, during Ag Day


  1. Organizations/Departments/Clubs must register by Monday, November 6, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. either by emailing this form or via the Google Form.
  2. Bales should be designed around promoting the Farm City Week Theme: “Agriculture – Traditions and Change”.
  3. Harnett County Cooperative Extension will provide a 5 ft. wide, 4 ft. deep round bale for each participating organization to decorate in a 10’x 10’ space. Contestants may bring up to 8 additional small rectangular bales to use in the exhibit.
  4. Entries will be judged on eye appeal, construction, use of materials, and creativity.
  5. Hay bales may be decorated on Thursday, November 9 or Friday, November 10 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Entries will be judged the morning of Ag Day, November 11. The bales should be decorated with a good clean wholesome nature. No vulgar or suggestive decorations will be allowed-this includes people rolled up inside a bale with feet or head sticking out. Please call Jackie Helton with any questions 910-814-6027.
  6. Bales can be placed lying on their side. This will be your choice. Please specify position of bale on entry form. If you will be providing a maximum of 8 small rectangular bales for feet or decoration, please list on entry form. For safety purposes round bales will not be stacked on top of each other.
  7. Harnett County Cooperative Extension does not permit anything controversial to be entered. This includes any symbolizing cruelty, weaponry, or of a sexual nature. No Commercial or Political party signs of any kind are allowed.
  8. Decorations should be weather and wind-proof. They will be checked and maintained daily.
  9. Paint may NOT be applied to the hay bale or grass. All painting of items to go on the hay bales should be done off-site before decorating.
  10. Decorations should be removed from bales on Thursday, November 16. Any decorations not picked up on the 16th will be removed and discarded on Friday, November 17, 2023 when hay bales are removed.