Bale conversion round the grounds

A straw bale has been converted into a marshmallow at Attica Independent Fair.

ATTICA — Round straw bales have been converted into creatures and more at Attica Independent Fair.

In its second year at the fair, the contest saw contestants turn bales into things such as dogs, a marshmallow and an empty silo farm.

The bales are scattered around the grounds, and the contest was open to 4-H clubs, organizations and individual groups.

Dennis Reer, a 19-year member of the fair board, said the contest had five entries this year.

The first-place trophy went to the farm entry. A lot of acres didn’t get planted, Reer said.

Reer said most entries were decorated Sunday and Monday, and he thought there were some late-night finishing touches Monday.

People supply their own decorations, he said.

“We still have to decide (about having it next year),” he said.