We'll see you on September 9th, 2018

Head to beautiful Central Montana for the Montana Bale Trail!

2017 TOP 10

  • 1st - Mario Bales

    Mario Bales   Nate Carr & Josh Burnham
  • 2nd - One Cute PupHAY! 

    One Cute PupHAY!   Hobson Class of 2024
  • 3rd - Wile E. Coyot'hay' and The Road Runner

    Wile E. Coyot'hay' and The Road Runner   Staci Auck
  • 4th - Hayd'n to Jordan

    Hayd'n to Jordan   Don Derks
  • 5th - Ice Hayge

    Ice Hayge   Triangle Communications
  • 6th - Bale O Matic

    Bale O Matic   Clint Carr
  • 7th - Monster Tiger MuskHAY

    Monster Tiger MuskHAY   Carter Derks & Heath Drivdhahl
  • 8th - So ShineHay

    So ShineHay   E. Olson & M Deupree Families
  • 9th - Hot TomHayto

    Hot TomHayto   Chloe Derks

  • 10th - Trolls Princess PoppHay

    Trolls Princess PoppHay   Judy Mikkelsen



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 9th, 2018
  • 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.

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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 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.

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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!