Hay Festival takes shape

TIM Eltham with a hay sculpture by Shirley Ernst.
TIM Eltham with a hay sculpture by Shirley Ernst.

KALBAR has been gripped by hay fever as creative characters pop up across the region.

A tractor, cat, pig, spider and a hay dumpty are just some of the sculptures locals have made out of hay bales.

Residents across the district have been pulling out all the strings to win the inaugural Hay Festival, a highly contested competition being run in conjunction with the town's annual Kalbar Country Day.

Event organiser Tim Eltham said more than 20 people had entered their displays in the competition including students from Kalbar State School who created a bat display in memory of microbats that had invaded one of their school buildings.

“It's the first time we have held the Hay Festival but we are really happy with the way it has been received by the community,” Mr Eltham said.

“I think, judging by the amount of feedback we have received and the amount of entries, it's going to be very successful and may become an annual event with the Country Day.”

The Kalbar Country Day scheduled for October 30 has been running for the past two decades attracting thousands of visitors to the town each year.

Proud Kalbar resident Jerry van Walsun has built a unique hay structure in the front yard of his home in the town's main street and is receiving quite a lot of feedback from the community.

When you walk past his yard, it's not hard to understand why someone might find a urinating dog, made out of straw, in someone's front yard, above his fish pond amusing.

The Kalbar Country Day will be held on October 30 from 8.30am to 2pm.

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