Two days straight of sunshine and fall-like temperatures brought out the artist over the weekend in Lucas Countyans entered in this year's edition of the annual Hay Bale Art Contest, sponsored by the Tourism Division of Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street.
This is my favorite so far, a giant cat relaxing alongside Court Avenue just west of the car wash. I'm guessing it's related to Lucas County Farm Bureau, or Farm Bureau Insurance, considering the ownership of the lot, but could be mistaken about that. We'll see as the official opening day of the contest nears.
Once all the entries are in place --- by Sept. 15 according to contest rules --- you'll have until Oct. 31 to tour (and vote for your favorite) hay creations countywide. There will be "celebrity" judges, too. After that, the winners will be announced.
There is a variety of divisions --- adult, youth and business --- so not all entries will be as large and elaborate as this one, although many will be.
You'll be able to pick up a free tour map starting on the 15th at the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street office on the east side of the square. You can read more about the contest and see photos of entries from past years by following this link.