Young Scots farmers create art inspired by Disney and emojis from hay bales

The entry from Strathbogie (Deveron & Speyside district). SWNS
The entry from Strathbogie (Deveron & Speyside district). SWNS
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Young Scots farmers have created incredible works of art using hay bales - inspired by emojis and Disney characters.

Six imaginatively created straw bale artworks have been confirmed as this year’s Young Farmers’ Bale Art Competition finalists.

The entry from Mid Deeside (West Aberdeenshire district)  in the Young Farmer's Bale Competition. Picture: SWNS

The entry from Mid Deeside (West Aberdeenshire district) in the Young Farmer's Bale Competition. Picture: SWNS

The wacky creations include Minnie and Micky mouse and nursery rhyme character Humpty Dumpty.

The national competition, run by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) welcomed 54 entrants from across Scotland.

It saw them take inspiration from Halloween, the Baby Shark song, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Minions.

The finalist clubs are Strichen JAC (East Aberdeenshire district), Mid Deeside (West Aberdeenshire district), East Mainland (Orkney district), SSS (Clyde and Central district), Avondale (Lanarkshire district) and Strathbogie (Deveron & Speyside district).

The finalists will now go head to head with TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, set to crown the winner.

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A spokeswoman for Quality Meat Scotland, said: “The bale art competition offers a fantastic opportunity, particularly during Scotland’s Year of Young People, to showcase the innovation and creativity of Scotland’s young farmers.

“The energy and enthusiasm which the young farmers have put into their entries this year shines through and we hope it will raise a smile to thousands of people as they enjoy the colourful works of art in fields round the country.

“Our best wishes to all the finalists.”

Kinross-based farmer David Lawrie, who is this year’s SAYFC chair, said: “It has been amazing to see so many clubs taking part and so many creative and ambitious designs - congratulations to the six finalists.

“We are delighted to also support the work of the STV Children’s Appeal and those who enjoy the bale art over the coming weeks are being urged to make a donation by way of appreciation via the JustGiving page.”

The bale artwork is in aid of the STV Children’s Appeal, with those enjoying the eye-catching creations encouraged to make a donation that will help support children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland.

Last year’s competition saw donations top £500, with teams hoping to raise even more this year.

To make a donation, visit the Just Giving site.

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