You know Willie Nelson, but have you met Will-Hay Nelson?
Beth Bays and friends on her farm in Huddleston, Virginia have created a towering statue of the iconic singer made primarily of hay. The 15-foot monument is part of an annual tradition of creating bale sculptures around the holidays, but this one has caught the attention of people beyond her community, including the “Always On My Mind” singer himself.
“My cousin joked that I might have to quit now because I’ll never be able to top this,” Bays told the Associated Press.
In addition to the hay, Bay used chicken wire to make the arms and Styrofoam for the guitar. “I also had to make a nose out of chicken wire because Willie has a very prominent nose and I wanted to get that right.”
A video featuring Beth and her friends singing a reworked version of Nelson’s “On the Road Again” as “On the Farm Again” has gone viral, prompting Willie to even share the clip.
“Willie Nelson shared our ‘On the Farm Again’ video!” she exclaimed on Instagram. “The Willie Nelson!!!!! So freaking cool!!!”
Bays owns Buckscrape Farms in Virginia and started making these sculptures as part of a contest. The contest stopped a few years ago according to sources, but Beth continues to thrill the community with her work each year.
“I couldn’t do this without my friends helping me out,” she tells The News & Advance. “It really is a community effort.”