Montana Bale Trail's Annual Sculpture Competition
The amusing and amazing “What the Hay” (Montana Bale Trail) sculptures are created for a one day event on September 13th but you can see the bales later in the month too.
Begun in 1990 as a friendly competition between two neighboring ranchers, it’s grown into a full-blown attraction. By its 20th anniversary in 2003 over 50 entries were created. People vote on the best in two categories: those bales created by children under 13 and those of adults. There is no entry fee, and sculptors have ranged from age 3 to 83.
The bales are displayed along a 21-mile loop south of US Hwy 87 along highways 239 and 541, between Windham and Hobson. In Utica, the half-way point, you might want to stop at the Oxen Yoke Inn. In Hobson you could get into the spirit of the place at the Gumbo Flats Farm Bed & Breakfast, an operating farm that grows wheat and barley, with open spaces to view wildlife and go for long relaxing walks.