Hay Bales Let Local Businesses Get Involved in State Fair

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The state fair is right around the corner and Grand Island is looking festive. A four-year tradition has businesses getting creative.

Around Grand Island, decorated hay bales sit proudly outside local businesses and they are meant to get local businesses more involved in the upcoming state fair.

The ladies at LOA Fitness figured decorating their own hay bale would be good for business... And fun for the kids who come in with their moms. They chose to decorate theirs like a minion from the Pixar movie Despicable Me.

Laura Falkena, said "Minions are a very familiar thing these days. We notice a lot of cars stopping, taking pictures, looking at it."

They aren't the only ones who made minions. Boys Town had a blast making theirs too.

"It was a lot of fun. They really enjoyed being involved and we got a lot of the semis and cars that were driving by were honking as we were doing it and they really enjoyed the attention too," said Von Lutz, a shift manager at Boys Town Grand Island.

The hay bales help get the state fair excitement started in Grand Island. But as one business found, they aren't exactly easy to decorate.

Liza Nelson from Good Samaritan Society said, "Once we got started...it was a lot more work than we expected."

They decided to make a cow to support the 4-h community in Grand Island, but one part of the cow proved difficult.

"The hardest part was getting the head on," said Tausha Moeller.

Rodney Gericke was tasked with the job of attaching the head. "It turned out okay. Better than I expected."

There are nearly 30 decorated hay bales around town. The hay bales will be taken down September 3rd.