A record number of hay bales are now decorated in the community of Pike Road.
Hay, look at us! the contest will end on October 25 when the winning designs are announced. The announcement kicks off the vote to determine the winner of the People’s Choice, which will be declared on October 31.
“This year we are thrilled to celebrate the 12th Annual Hay, look at us! Hay Bale Decorating Contest by setting another record: There are 55 neighborhoods, organizations and businesses participating in Town of Pike Road this year, ”said Turner Waddell, City Communications Specialist.
Hay bales must be completed to be judged by October 24th. Then, they will remain open to the public until November 7.
“Inviting the public to see the hay bales is one of the most exciting things about this activity! said Waddell. “Once the hay bales are complete, a road map of the locations will be available to the public at www.pikeroad.us. We invite everyone to visit these creative masterpieces, driven by teamwork to showcase the spirit of our community.
Each year, neighbors of Pike Road and visitors from out of town love to visit the Hay, Look at Us! entries. It’s a unique experience and a family activity, and the city encourages everyone to participate. “We invite everyone to share photos of your hay bale fun with us on social media using #mypikeroad,” Waddell said.
“Fall is a great time in the town of Pike Road. People enjoy Pike Road’s many unique activities such as arts and crafts festivals, art exhibitions and the popular Hay, Look at Us! contest, ”said Mayor Gordon Stone. “Hay, look at us! is a friendly competition demonstrating the tremendous community spirit of our city. In addition, the decorations are extremely creative and fun. Hay, look at us! is a unique way to welcome our neighbors in the city and the river area to connect with each other and enjoy all that the Pike Road community has to offer.
Photos of each entry will be posted on the city’s Facebook page. “We encourage everyone to take a look and appreciate the creativity, hard work and community spirit of our citizens. You can also ‘like’ your favorite hay bale to vote for the People’s Choice Award – coveted recognition – on the Facebook album, ”Waddell said.
Jack and Joel Jackson of Jackson Landscape and Greenwood Growers deliver the hay bales every year.
Many new Pike Road businesses, including those located near Publix in the Shops at Pike Road, are participating for the first time this fall, as are several new neighborhoods and organizations.
On October 25, the winners will be announced on Mondays with the Mayor radio show. “We encourage the community to tune in from noon to 1 pm on the MAX Roundtable, 107.5 FM / 1210 AM, for the announcement,” Waddell said.
Then the winners will be announced on the city’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/townofpikeroad) and photos of all entries will also be posted there.
From the publication of the photos until 10pm on October 31st, the community is invited to vote for their favorite hay bale to win the public’s prize by “liking” the photo of that hay bale. The hay bale with the most votes at 10 p.m. on October 31st will be declared the winner.
Every fall, Hay, watch us! is a favorite activity of the community, and the winners are announced during Founders’ Week, the anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Pike Road. On October 24, Pike Road will celebrate 24 years as a municipality.
The town of Pike Road has rich agricultural roots. Hay, look at us! The contest connects residents to the history of the community.
“The competition also helps showcase the hospitable, energetic and engaged character of our community and the unique personalities of neighborhoods, organizations and businesses in our community,” said Waddell.