KEARNEY — Using nine bales of hay and buckets of paint, the Frick family of Kearney is once again a topic of conversation. Their farm, located at Missouri Highway 92 and Francis Road, has become a viral sensation with its recently created homage to the Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs Kingdom family created the likeness ahead of Sunday's home opener at Arrowhead Stadium. The mural, which stands about 15 feet, has been stopping traffic. A line of cars was seen in front of the property Friday, Sept. 20, with visitors stopping to have their picture taken with the Fricks' hale bale handiwork.
The creation isn't the first time the family farm has garnered attention.
In honor of 2015's Kearney High School homecoming, the Fricks constructed a 20-foot tall monument of hay honoring the high school’s bulldog mascot.
In a previous Courier-Tribune interview, Penni Frick, daughter-in-law to the farm’s owners Russell and Linda Frick, said she first discovered hay art while attending a family reunion in Kansas. When the Fricks decided to have their own get-together, Penni wanted to add a new centerpiece to the event.
“We decided that we were going to have a family bonfire and invite family, friends and neighbors,” she said. “I was just out in Kansas and I saw it on the side of the road at a pumpkin patch and I knew it was something that we needed to do at the farm.”
In 2009, a new family tradition was born.
“We didn’t realize what kind of response we would get from the town,” Penni said in the previous Courier-Tribune interview. “It wasn’t just Kearney, it was Smithville, too. Everyone just loved it.”
Throughout the years, the Frick family has also had a hay pumpkin, Minions, John Deere tractor and a pig.
In addition to the hay bale art, the family farm features a giant sitting man shaped from black tubing and a bucket and an ominous looking “Planet of the Apes-like” creature on a hill that often makes passersby do a double take.