Hay display for Biden-Harris ticket goes up in flames on Massachusetts farm

A Massachusetts farm's display of Biden-Harris painted hay bales; a second image shows the bales on fire.
A farm’s display made up of 19 painted hale bales went up in flames in Dalton, Mass., on Friday night.
(Megan Whilden)

A stack of hay bales on a western Massachusetts farm that were painted to show support for the Democratic presidential ticket went up in flames, and one man has been arrested in connection with the blaze, authorities said.

The unusual political display at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton featured 19 hay bales that were wrapped and painted with the words “USA” and “VOTE” along with the names of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris.

Dicken Crane, owner of the farm, told the Berkshire Eagle that he was working Friday evening when he turned around and saw the display was on fire. No one was injured.


Authorities said Saturday that Lonnie Durfee, 49, has been charged with burning personal property. He’s expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday, and it was not immediately clear on Saturday whether he has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Crane said they expected the display to be vandalized, but never imagined it would be set on fire.

“We’re not afraid,” Crane told the Boston Globe.