Shotgun Willie like you've never seen him before.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
December 26, 2019
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Ain't it fun-hay how time slips away? Sorry, we couldn't resist.

If you're a fan of country music legend Willie Nelson, you'll likely appreciate the work of Huddelston, Virginia farmer and hay artist extraordinaire Beth Bays, who recently erected a 15-foot "Will-hay Nelson" for her annual holiday tradition at her farm, Buckscrape Farms. Now in its eighth year, Bays has crated hay bale sculptures of the Virginia Tech HokieBird, a drummer bear, and more, along with the help of  friend Frank King.

Clearly, this year's sculpture has been a hit with locals and country music fans alike: "This one seems to be everyone's favorite by far," Bays told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "My cousin joked that I might have to quit now because I'll never be able to top this."

The impressive piece took three hay bales to make and also utilized chicken wire and a large Styrofoam piece for the guitar. Clearly, no detail was overlooked from Nelson's signature pigtail braids to his facial features. "I [had] to make a nose out of chicken wire because Willie has a very prominent nose and I wanted to get that right," Bays told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

To celebrate the holiday season and the larger-than-life Willie, Bays and her friends even gathered to create a funny music video of "On the Farm Again," a spoof of Nelson's 1980 hit, "On the Road Again." Watch below.

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We sure hope Nelson himself has had a chance to marvel at this incredible hay bale sculpture and smile. As for us, we're already planning a trip to nearby Roanoke so we can scope out this masterpiece in person.

Virginia readers, if you happen to beat us to Huddleston, please snap a picture and share it with us. Now, if you'll excuse us, it's time to get on the road again.