Christmas spirit shown in hay bale art

By Rodney Woods

Kyabram company Camel Milk Co Australia has thrown its hat in the ring this Christmas with some of most creative decorations you will find in the area.

Their display involved bringing giant hay bales together to make snowmen, Christmas trees and even Father Christmas himself.

But the show-stealer is a camel-shaped hay bale structure that pulls along Santa and his sleigh.

Owner Megan Williams said putting the decorations together was a family affair that used up 62 cans of spray paint.

“We had all of our kids out there helping spray hay bales. It was a lot of fun,” she said.

“Every day we have cars pulling up and taking photos and I think it adds to the Christmas spirit.”

Megan said the display was a great alternative to Christmas lights, because they can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

“We know how hard it is in the summer time to go Christmas light hunting because it’s not dark until nine or 9.30 at night,” she said.

“So, to be able to come out during the day and see them is also really good.”

The camels, however, were not particularly impressed.

Camel Milk Co is not the only farm getting into the Christmas spirit.

Curr Rd at Girgarre is packed with Christmas flair these holidays, thanks to the Nicholson family's festive hay bale display.

This is the fourth year the Nicholsons have put up their unique decorations, much to the delight of the public.

Pat Nicholson said the most popular was the Santa sleigh and its hay bale reindeer.

“We can’t put Christmas lights on our house because we’re so far from the road, so we thought we’d do something else,” he said.

“Cars are always stopping and taking photos … people take photos of their kids in front of the bales and that sort of thing.

“It’s good to spread a little Christmas cheer.”

The Nicholson clan put aside a whole day to set everything up, but the effort was well and truly worth it.