Red Boiling Springs, TN is a small town with a population of around 1,100 people. Lifelong resident Adrian Powell owns a cattle farm off Highway 52 and has garnered the attention of locals and passerby alike with his Trump bale of hay.
“As you enter the city limits you have a Biden sign up and my family is Republicans. We support Donald Trump and we wanted to do something,” Powell explained to News4 Nashville.
In recent weeks, Powell set some pro-Trump flags in the front of the farm’s property. However, that changed on Saturday when some vandals ruined the flags by cutting them up.
Yet, the same day Powell had already begun to paint an additional tribute to the president utilizing a bale of hay.
“A lot of people ask me, ‘are you sure you did not use a stencil?'” Powell said proudly. “I said I freehanded it, the good lord must have been with me to make it happen.”
On Sunday, Powell transported the painted bales of hay to his farm to replace the shredded flags. He says they have gained the attention of many that have seen them.
“I’ve had a lot of people call and say they’d be willing to donate to help pay for a lot of signs to be put up on the property. And I don’t want to do that. I think I’ve got my word out,” he said.
Hay Bales for Trump End Up Unifying Small Community
In addition, the cattle farmer even received a friendly gesture from his neighbors who support Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The neighbors have a large Biden sign on their property, but Powell said they were impressed with his Trump hay bales.
“I think he put a lot of effort into it. I like his signs,” neighbor Linda McCrary said. “Like the fact that people are getting involved and letting other people know their thoughts.”
“I wanted to say in a big way that I was a Biden fan,” her husband George McCrary joked. “It seemed to stir up the rest of them a little bit so they have countered me with several Trump signs, but that’s ok.”
Powell said he is not pressing charges against the vandals who cut up his original Trump flags. In fact, he said they apologized and paid him back the cost of the flags. Powell hopes the teenagers learned an important lesson about respecting the property of others along with respecting differing viewpoints.
“We all have different political ideas and that sort of thing, but we all still get along and we’re all still neighbors. And that’s the way it should be,” George McCrary explained.
The Mayor of Red Boiling Springs, TN also chimed in. He said he doesn’t want the small town to be remembered for vandalism.
“I wouldn’t want us remembered for anybody destructing somebody else’s property,” Mayor Kenneth Hollis said. “If they put that up, that’s everybody’s constitutional right that they be for whoever they want to, whichever candidate they want to.”