A large display of hay bales on a Western Massachusetts farm stacked and painted in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running-mate Kamala Harris was torched Friday night.Police in Dalton, Massachusetts the next day arrested the man they said is responsible.
Members of the Holiday Brook Farm in Berkshire County painted the hay, stacked three bales high, white with the words, “USA,” “Biden,” “Harris,” “Vote,” and “2020.” The project, visible from a nearby state highway, was finished Thursday.
Organizers wanted to create a response to the signs and flags supporting President Donald Trump that outnumber Biden visuals in the rural community.”We just did it to be heard,” Kate Pike, a manager of the farm, told USA TODAY. “We wanted to be louder.”
But at 6:42 p.m. Friday night, the Dalton Fire Department arrived at the farm after farmers spotted the 1,000-pound hay bales ablaze.”Within about 24 hours is when it went up in flames,” Pike said. “So it didn’t take long.”