What the Hay: Montana Bale Trail

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The premier event of the Montana Bale Trail is the annual WHAT THE HAY contest.  This amazing display of whimsical, cleverly decorated and sculpted hay lines a 22-mile route from Hobson to Utica to Windham. This years event will be held on September 9th. Expect to see over 50 hay bale sculptures.  People’s Choice Ballots will be handed out at the contest entrances in Hobson and Windham, beginning at 8 a.m.  Live ballot voting ends at 5 p.m.

Watch: Lane Nordlund spoke with Dan Thomas on this year's event. 

  • The “What the Hay”  is organized by the Hobson School and sponsored by local businesses and private individuals.  It is held annually on the first Sunday following Labor Day in conjunction with the Bale Trail Fair at Hobson.  This truly unique event features “am-hayzingly” creative and (most often) quite amusing sculptures made of hay and straw.

Click here for more information on how to create bale artwork or sponsor the event. 

Montana Bale Trail and Northern Ag Network 


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