Driving around Logan County you may have seen one of the many hay bale creations popping up this fall as part of the first annual Logan County Tourist & Convention’s Hay Bale contest. This is a fun community event that is benefiting both those who enter and those who view the hay bale art.
“We are so excited to have gotten so many entries for the first year,” said DeeDee Brown of Tourism. “So far we have 11 turned in, but are expecting at least 20 entries. People have been so creative. We have a raccoon at the Lewisburg School and an apple with a caterpillar in it at the Auburn School. There is a very large Kentucky Wildcat in front of Trembley’s Pool & Spa on Hopkinsville Street as well.”
Others you may have seen include a barn in front of the historic Logan County Courthouse and the Chamber of Commerce is working on one that will feature the annual Tobacco & Heritage Festival. There are three is Olmstead alone.
These creations take a lot of thought and a lot of work. The wildcat in front of Trembley Pool & Spa took a week to construct. It took five hay rolls and 15 hay bales to make, plus it was painted and cut-outs were constructed for parts of the cat.
“We are UK fans,” said Leslie Jones, one of the creators. She and Jeff Heaton worked on the wildcat creation. Jones gave a shout out to Thomas Bouldin for donating the hay, as well as bringing the equipment to build it.
It is not to late to enter, said Brown. Deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 30. All you have to do is get your information to the Logan County Tourism before this date. You can send your information via email at [email protected], or send by regular mail at Logan County Tourism, PO Box 1678, Russellville, KY 42276. You can pick up a form at the tourism office or print from the Logan County Tourism Facebook Page. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded on Halloween.
“Other counties have made a huge success out of this fun event,” said Brown. “There is no cost to enter and there will be good prizes for the winners. We hope that we will have enough participation this year to make this an annual event for Logan County Tourism.”
The Logan County Tourism Commission is always looking for ways to promote our beautiful county and to get residents and visitors alike to get out and enjoy the scenery.
“Todd County has had much success with their hay bale tour for several years now. We are hoping to make it a success here in Logan County as well. If we get enough participation this year, we will continue it each year,” said Brown.
After the deadline, the tourism commission will release a list of all entries to the public so they can tour them.
For more information, call 270-726-1678.
Logan County Tourism reserves the right to exclude hay bales that are not family friendly.