How far can you throw a bale of hay?
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:45:14 GMT —
Fairgoers and exhibitors got a chance to show off their muscles Friday afternoon in a hay-throwing competition at high-noon in the beef barn.
Julia Althiser, of Cooperstown, took home the Blue Ribbon in the Women's Event for throwing her hay bale 15.5 feet.
Throwing it is harder than it looks.
On a farm, hay bales can weigh as much as 40 pounds.
Althiser says the bales at the Fair probably weigh about two-thirds as much as the bales she's used to throwing at her variety farm in Cooperstown.
"I just know that when you're out there in the sun, and throwing hay, it feels a lot heavier. That's for sure," she says.
This is her second year participating in the competition, and she's improved dramatically.
"I don't think I placed last year," Althiser says.
Friday's hay baling competition is the second of the week at the Fair.
In the first, Trooper Mike Mierek blew away the competition -- he threw his bale 46-feet.
On Friday, he showed the kids his techniques.