Montana Bale Trail

by Abby Majerus

What started as a fun, good-natured joke between two neighboring ranchers has evolved into the must-see event in Central Montana. The “What the Hay” Bale Trail is held annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day, this event follows the annual Chokecherry Festival in nearby Lewistown, Montana the day prior.

The trail extends 22 miles from the small community of Hobson, Montana through Charlie Russel country and Utica, Montana connecting back to Highway 87 at Windham, Montana. Along the trail you will get to experience rural, ranching landscape, beautiful mountain backdrops and abundant wildlife. But most importantly you will see clever and creative sculptures utilizing hay and straw bales of varying shapes and sizes.hat started as a fun, good-natured joke between two neighboring ranchers has evolved into the must-see event in Central Montana. The “What the Hay” Bale Trail is held annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day, this event follows the annual Chokecherry Festival in nearby Lewistown, Montana the day prior.

As a spectator you are part of the fun, be sure to grab your ballot as you set out on the trail and cast your vote for “People’s Choice”. Entries simply need to fill out an entry form and then let their imagination run wild. As long as the entry includes square, round, loaf or loose hay or straw and have a location to display the design, there are no…

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