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Virginia farmer creates epic ‘Doll-Hay’ tribute to Parton


Farmer Beth Bays has become famous in recent years in the Huddleston, Virginia, area for her hay bale sculptures — some of which she has parlayed into amazing music videos. Two years ago, it was a Willie Nelson classic; last year, it was the well-known theme from Peanuts. For Christmas 2022, Bays and a big group of people came together on a bitterly cold Christmas Eve to do a rendition of Dolly Parton’s song 9 to 5 in front of the “Doll-Hay” hay bale sculpture.

“Beyond grateful for everyone who braved the bitter cold to make this so much fun!!,” Bays said in a post announcing the premiere of the video, which can be found on TikTok and Facebook.

You can also watch the video in full here:

@farmerbays Bitter cold on Christmas Eve didnt stop our Doll-hay Parton sing along!! Farmin 5 to 5! #farmlife #dollyparton #hayart #farm #farming #music @dollyparton #christmas #love #KAYKissCountdown #merrychristmas #eatbeef ♬ original sound – Beth Bays

Bays and her crew of performers are known as The Huddleston Gang, and they have been a big hit since they started making music videos a couple of years ago.

Prior to the Nelson and Peanuts creations, Bays has featured The Wizard of Oz, a drummer bear, cow, elephant, the Hokie bird, and characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in her hay bale sculptures.

Bays owns Bays Family Beef in Huddleston, which is near Smith Mountain Lake. This year’s sculpture has been featured on several local news outlets since it was created in mid-December.

Image courtesy of Beth Bays
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