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Silage Bag Art A Family Tradition
Dan and Lynn Reischel have an interesting way of sharing “family pictures.” Family members paint them on 200-ft. long “canvases” - the silage bags that run along Highway F near their Bloomer, Wis., dairy farm.
  It started as a fun thing to do with their young son and daughter more than 20 years ago, Lynn Reischel says. It turned into a tradition that passersby anticipate.
  “Dan fills the bags and buys the paint,” she explains. Then, sometime late in October, she and her daughter, Sarah, now 27, spend a couple hours with spray paint cans to create colorful pictures along the entire length of the bag. This past fall they painted two bags, so when the first silage bag is emptied as it’s fed to cattle, passersby will have a new bag of paintings to view.
  The women also had help last fall from a niece and her three children who are 3, 5 and 6. The youngest used an adapter to push the spray can nozzle, just as Sarah did when she was that age. The older children discovered that they could spray their hands to put handprints on the bags.
  From year-to-year, pictures and themes vary, Reischel says, and her daughter’s artwork has become quite good and detailed.
  “Every once in a while people drop in to say thanks. One lady said, ‘I’ve watched your kids grow up through the art,’” Reischel says.
  Though her son lost interest, it is still something she and her daughter enjoy. It’s inexpensive entertainment that only takes about 10 cans of leftover or cheap spray paint, and the color holds up until the bags are emptied.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan and Lynn Reischel, 7776 125th Ave., Bloomer, Wis. 54724 (ph 715 288-6090; daniel040@centurytel.net)

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1