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Killington's Fall 2008 Display of Enormous Hay Sculptures Wowed Visitors
When I read Vermont Living's article about hay bale art in Killington, Vermont, I knew that I had to see these hay creations during my mid-October 2008 stay at Amee Farm, a newly opened, eco-friendly lodge in nearby Pittsfield. The hay bale sculptures were more impressive than I'd even imagined, and we had fun searching for them as we drove through town.
The towering hay bale animals and other imaginative sculptures were scattered along Killington Road and Route 4.
My favorites were the bee and owl. My daughter loved the caterpillar. In this photo tour, you'll be wowed by more than a dozen of these amazing hay bale sculptures in Vermont and perhaps be inspired to build your own this fall.
Although the Killington Hay Festival is no longer celebrated, there are plenty of other reasons for an autumn visit to Killington including fall foliage gondola rides that whisk you to the top of Killington Peak, where you can dine and mountain bike.
Call the Killington Pico Area Association for more information: 802-422-5722,
Wish you could still travel to see hay bale art? You can! Follow the Montana Bale Trail.
More Hay Bale Art Inspiration: 2010 Killington Hay Festival PhotosContinue to 2 of 17 below.
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This photo of my five-year-old daughter with the hay bale bee will give you a perspective of just how enormous the hay sculptures in Killington were. Giant, huh?Continue to 3 of 17 below.
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This hay bale bear was located at the Water Wheel Trading Company on Route 4 in Killington, Vermont, where the hay creature phenomenon got its start in 2007.Continue to 4 of 17 below.
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This giant panda at the Pasta Pot in Killington (now closed) was wonderfully detailed. He was even munching on leaves.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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"Hay, man!" Can't you hear Bart Simpson's distinctive voice just looking at this hay art creation? So much thought and effort went into creating this larger-than-life hay art exhibit.Continue to 6 of 17 below.
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This hay bale teddy bear was the first of the hay bale sculptures we spotted during our fall 2008 visit to Killington, Vermont. We knew we were in for a treat.Continue to 7 of 17 below.
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Little Engine That Could
Located, appropriately, at Casey's Caboose Steak & Seafood, this hay train had plenty of kid-appeal. Looking back, it's a shame Instagram hadn't yet been created when these hay art creations took over the town of Killington.Continue to 8 of 17 below.
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This grinning cat was among the amazing hay art sculptures.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Did you know that beavers—North America's largest rodents—attracted some of Vermont's earliest settlers? These trappers were after the critters' pelts. In 2008, this buck-toothed hay bale beaver was certainly an attraction... but for an entirely different reason.Continue to 10 of 17 below.
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Although not the Big Bird of Sesame Street fame, this oversized, traffic-cone-beaked bird with bat-like wings sure made his presence known in the neighborhood when Killington hosted its 2008 Hay Festival.Continue to 11 of 17 below.
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The apple is a nice touch on this pig created with pink-painted hay bales. Of course, it means this piggy is probably destined for roasting. Oh, wait... hay isn't as tasty as horses make it look.Continue to 12 of 17 below.
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This hay bale sculpture is a real hoot! It must have taken quite an effort to build this towering owl.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Each hay bale animal and character was completely one-of-a-kind. This caterpillar, painted autumn orange, looked ready to wander through town.Continue to 14 of 17 below.
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I'm actually not 100% sure that this hay art sculpture is a penguin. When my husband spotted its black wings on the ground, he declared it a bat. But I've never seen a bat with an orange beak. Since there's no doubt it is flightless, I'm going with penguin... even though penguins certainly aren't native to Vermont.Continue to 15 of 17 below.
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A vegetable among the animals? Vermonters are known for marching to their own beat, and this sculpture's creator must have felt called in a direction all his or her own.Continue to 16 of 17 below.
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Again, the detail on this dog—a Saint Bernard—is nothing short of a marvel. Although Killington's hay art installations were designed to be roadside attractions, each and every one was worthy of pulling the car over.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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The Sphinx... Maybe
This cat-like hay animal in Killington was a bit of a mystery. We decided the hay sculpture reminded us of the Sphinx, but that's a bit of a stretch.