We'll see you on September 10th, 2017

2016 Winners

  • 1st - Buff-HAY-lo Jump

    Buff-HAY-lo Jump
  • 2nd - Tea Part-HAY

    Tea Part-HAY
  • 3rd - Happy HAYpy Campers

    happy HAYpy Campers
  • 4th - Ebale Kniebale

    Ebale Kniebale
  • 5th - PepHAY Le Pew

    PepHAY Le Pew
  • 6th - Build HAY Wall

    Build HAY Wall
  • 7th - Save the Boob-HAYs

    Save the Boob-HAYS


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. 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.

  • September 10th, 2017
  • Over 50 hay bale sculptures
  • A trip of a lifetime for all ages

Bale Trail Map



Experiencing the amazing collection of hay bale artwork on the Montana Bale Trail is a true Montana bucket list item. Come take part in this unique contest.

See Bales


Small town fair, great food and events for all ages. We've packed the day full of activities to help make your journey down the Montana Bale Trail a trip of a lifetime.

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

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A Quick Look at Past Winners

2013 1st Place, Wizard of Strawz, Clint Carr

2013 1st Place, The Wizard of Strawz, Clint Carr

2012 1st Place, Medus-HAY, Clint Carr

2012 1st Place, Medus-Hay, Clint Carr


2011 1st Place, Hay-wo-Jima, Clint Carr


2011 2nd Place, Wild Bale Hickock, Mike Woods


2013 3rd Place


2011 3rd Place


2013 5th Place


2010 4th Place

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We'll see you on September 10th, 2017

Sign up for the 2017 Bale Contest!