NSW Country Hour By Lisa Herbert
Some decorated hay bales in the form of Minions are stopping traffic on the Newell Highway in north-west New South Wales.
Rob Aitken's 13-year-old daughter and a German backpacker employee thought it would be fun to bring the animated movie characters to life by painting six round bales blue and yellow and attaching white tyres as eyes.
The movie Minions, released six months ago, made more than one billion dollars at the box office worldwide, so it was no surprise that the hay bale replicas have become so popular with passing traffic.
"I think they're Bob, Stuart and I can't remember the third one's name. I just carried them out there," Mr Aitken said.
Sitting near the front gate of Mr Aitken's property at Edgeroi, near Narrabri, the three Minions are hard to miss.
He said dozens of drivers stopped to investigate daily.
"They stop about 40 or 50 cars a day: truck drivers, caravaners, holidaymakers, everybody.
"They take photos and climb on top of them."
The hay bale Minions have not done much for Mr Aitken's hay business though.
"Most of the people that stop aren't really hay buyers," he said with a big chuckle.
"It's just a bit of fun."