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Incredible Hay Bale Sculptures

Have you ever seen hay bale sculptures before? For those of you in rural agricultural areas, they may be nothing new. But for me, these area something new I have not seen before.

Cindy Rozich, a student of many of my lessons, brought this fun art to my attention when she sent me some of photos of the incredible hay bale sculptures from her family’s farm. Her family has been stacking hay bales and making these creative works of art for over twenty years. This season’s display includes a John Deere tractor and Bessie the Cow, who is over 20 feet tall and is created using a mixture of round bales and large and small square bales.

Cindy Rozich’s Family Farm Hay Bale Sculptures


Bessie and the John Deere tractor, two hay bale sculptures, sit side-by-side at Cindy’s family’s farm.

Painting hay bales and putting them together is a lot of work, but it sure is fun watching everyone take pictures of them! The kids just love them!

After all the pumpkins, gourds, indian corn and corn stalks are gone with the beautiful Fall Season we will decorate “Bessie”, our cow, and the John Deere Tractor for the Christmas Season! I was just amazed of the amount of people that stopped by to take pictures last year on New Year’s Day!

Now that this project is done, I’m hoping to try some pumpkin carving!” said Cindy.


Close-up of the adorable Bessie the Cow hay bale sculpture.


A side view of the John Deere tractor hay bale sculpture

Cindy’s photos inspired me to look up some other examples of Hay Bale Sculptures and I discovered the Montana Bale Trail. Located in central Montana’s farmland, the event takes place annually on the Sunday after Labor Day and features hay bale sculptures displayed in fields along a 21-mile loop of highway.

Hay Bale Sculptures on the Montana Bale Trail

Hay bale sculptures in Montana

This year’s first place winner in the Montana Bale Trail contest was a recreation of Rapunzel letting down her flowing locks of yellow hay from atop her hay bale sculpture tower.


The second place hay bale sculpture featured the cast of “Straw Wars” standing in the field, including many of your favorite “Star Wars” characters.

Win Hay the Pooh hay bale sculpture

The always adorable Winnie-the-Pooh, or in this case “Win-hay the Pooh,” finished in third place during the Montana Bale Trail competition.

A Few Other Hay Bale Sculptures to Make You Smile.

One of the funny hay bale sculptures "Free Hay Rides"

“Free Hay Rides”

hay bale farmer

Created for Mission Trails in San Antonio

Bride and Groom Hay Bale Sculpture

Bride and Groom Hay Bale Sculpture

Want to see more remarkable hay bale sculptures? Our Google search turned up some more amazing works of hay art. Check out more photos of hay bale sculptures here.

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2 Responses to Incredible Hay Bale Sculptures

  1. Ric Testani October 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    These are really works of art. They are not light to move and to be creative with them is very ambitious. They really look cool too. Thanks for sharing them.

    • cindy and terry creekmore April 21, 2022 at 6:02 am #

      i agree.ive wanted a straw bail .house .scalled back .from my hundreds of hrs .of labor . . im chainsaw carver n check out pics of some carving .fb terry creekmore . nothing as satisfing as carving ..have a great day all .peace n good health .

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