Ogle County Life | Last weekend to see straw sculptures at Mt. Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – The seventh annual Straw Sculpting Contest in the United States wrapped up the past weekend with Straw Fest on Saturday, August 27e on the Mount Morris campus.

Four new 2022 “Fine Art in Straw” sculptures, along with 16 additional sculptures from previous years, will remain on display for all to enjoy from sunrise to sunset until 9/11e.

Winners of the annual event were determined by public and artist voting.

* ‘Sunday Bath’ by Steve Lentz of Montello, Wisconsin, 1st People’s Square and 1st Place artist’s choice,

* ‘The Catch’ by Juan Zelaya, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2n/a People’s Square and 2n/a Place artist’s choice,

* “The Hero Within” by Doreen White & Friends, Foreston, 3rd Place the public’s choice

* ‘Die Schnecke’ by Chris & Cecillia Mann, Rockford, 3rd Place Artist’s Choice

The annual “Straw Street Bale Races” had eight two-person teams rolling 75-foot round bales for the time. Each team rode a preliminary lap to establish a bracket for the races. Working through the quarterfinals, semifinals and final race, the team of Tyler Willman and Levi Schuler, both of Pine Creek, won the event. They also had the fastest turnover of the day with a blistering time of 8.91 seconds in the semis.

Straw Fest also included blacksmith demos, wild bulls – mechanical bull riding, rustic crest – ax throwing, a new artisan market, straw carving prizes and more. ‘Brass From The Past’, a classic rock and soul band from Chicago, concluded the evening with a standing ovation from the Band Shell.

The Eighth Annual Straw Sculpting Contest in the United States will be held August 11-27e2023 with Straw Fest on Saturday August 26e on the Mount Morris campus.

BIS! Mt. Morris, a cultural initiative of Mt. Morris Economic Development Corp, is funded by public donations. Learn more at EncoreMtMorris.com.