University of Minnesota Extension

Extension > Extension in your Community > Sherburne > 4-H > Articles > Hay bale decorating contest

print icon email icon share icon

Hay bale decorating contest

example of hay bale decorating

This new contest is an opportunity for local 4-H’ers to work together, be creative, and promote 4-H in a fun way on the Sherburne County fairgrounds during the fair. With a little thought, artistic flair, and effort - these large round bales can be transformed into decorative works of art!

About the Contest…

New to the Sherburne County Fair this year is a round hay bale decorating contest! This is an exciting opportunity to create some fun installations that showcase our 4-H’ers talents and ideas for the public. Each group that registers will receive a round hay bale to decorate which will be displayed at the fair for the week.


  • Pre-entry required by the fair registration deadline (June 17, 2019). Fill out the 4-H Club/Project Group Exhibit Registration Form  found in the Premium Book.
  • Open to any team/group of youth 4-H’ers, clubs, project committees or groups who are enrolled in Sherburne County 4-H.
  • One hay Bale will be provided for each participating group. Bales can be placed lying on their side or standing on end. This will be your choice. Please specify position of bale on entry form.
  • Decorations should be weather and wind-proof. Paint may be applied to the hay bale. Bale may be decorated on or off site, but need to be in place prior to judging on Tuesday, July 16th at 6 p.m.
  • Decorations may not be removed from bales before the end of the fair. It is the responsibility of each group to remove their decorations after the fair. Clean up may begin on Sunday, July 21st, at 5 p.m. Decorations not removed by 8 p.m. Monday, July 22nd will be discarded.
  • Decorations must be appropriate and fitting with the mission and values of the 4-H organization. No vulgar, suggestive, or political decorations will be allowed. Commercial signage, advertisements or political party signs are NOT permitted.
  • The Sherburne County Fair and 4-H Federation, its’ volunteers, staff, or representatives are not responsible for lost, stolen, and/or damaged property

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be judged on eye appeal, construction, use of materials, and creativity. Entries are encouraged to promote 4-H through their creations, but it is not required.


Contact the Sherburne County Extension Office, 763-765-3075