Calling all hay bale decorators


Hub City Smokehouse and Grill is awarding prizes for the best hay bale decoration in support of the Crestview Rotary Club-sponsored contest during the Crestview Fall Festival Oct. 28.

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 10, 2017–The Crestview Rotary Club is looking for creative decorators to go head to head in this year’s hay bale decorating contest during Crestview’s Fall Festival Oct. 28.

Participants have until Oct. 13 to get their entry forms completed and turned in at the Hub City Smokehouse and Grill at 168 S. Main Street.

Hay bales will be provided by Hub City.

The decorated bales will be displayed on the grass median of Main Street south of the railroad tracks, said Samma Brannon, Crestview Rotary Club president.

“Voting will be by attendees at the Fall Festival,” she said.

Votes cost one penny and will be collected in separate buckets for each hay bales decoration, said Brannon.

First, second and third place prizes provided by Hub City will be awarded to the hay bale that receives the most penny votes.

“One dollar is 100 votes,” said Mike Carroll, Hub City owner.

“All proceeds will go to Crestview Manor,” an assisted living facility, said Brannon.

The contest is divided into two divisions, one for commercial and one for non-profit.  Commercial participants include businesses, banks, utilities, etc. The non-profit category is for churches, schools, youth groups, etc.

Entry fees are $25 for commercial and $10 for non-profit. Decorating begins Oct. 20.

Assistants will be standing by with a paint barn and high-end sprayer to help with the overall color, said Carroll. It’s up to competitors to apply the details and finishing touches.

Decorating does not have to be at the Hub City location, but those who chose to decorate someplace else are responsible for getting their bales to downtown Crestview, he said.

All decorating must be complete by Oct. 26.

Bales will be relocated the evening of Oct. 26 to the median. Contestants  will be allowed to touch up or repair any entry that might have been damaged during movement.

After that, the outcome is in the hands of Fall Festival attendees to determine the best decorated bale.

Participants can download an entry form and complete list of rules from the Crestview Rotary Club website toward the bottom of the page.

Decorated hay bales will remain on display for two weeks after the festival. Decorations must be removed before Nov. 8 when the bales will be removed.


Stephanie Holcombe


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