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Put An Eye-Catching Mural On Your Farm
A farm mural that covers the entire end of a barn is a real eye-catcher for motorists on Highway 161 near Belleville, Ill. The mural reads "Agriculture, Our Business Is Growing For You" and contains a full-color scene of a farmer looking across his fields.
Credit for creating the colorful attention getter on the Don Feldott farm goes to the St. Clair County Farm Bureau Young Farmers. Gary Buchs, a spokesman for the group, says, "The mural has really helped our public relations, increasing peoples' awareness of the Young Farmers group and the importance of agriculture."
The letters in "Agriculture" are 3 ft. high and the remaining letters about 18 in. high. The letters were first painted on plywood and then nailed to the side of the barn.
Buchs says it took about 24 gal. of paint to produce the mural. In accordance with the terms of their agreement with the barn owner, they also painted the rest of the barn but in a more traditional white.
If you want to paint a mural in your area, Buchs suggests finding a willing farmer-cooperator in a location where a lot of traffic goes by, then making the mural as colorful as possible but not too detailed.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3