Rowan Kruse, 1, says “Moo” to his dad, Justin, as he points to the decorated round bales Saturday afternoon along Broadway Street in Ellsworth. The community club hosted the “Battle of the Bales” contest, which challenged community members, organizations and businesses to decorate hay bales for the inaugural contest. In total, 21 entries were submitted.

Farm staple becomes 'Battle of the Bales' in Ellsworth

Typically, round and square bales lend themselves to livestock feed or bedding, but in Ellsworth the rural staple became a fun holiday activity.

The inaugural “Battle of the Bales” wrapped up Saturday with first-, second- and third-place winners revealed.


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