What the Hay - Montana Bale Trail

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Class of 2024’s entry from 2017, titled “One Cute Pup-hay.” Photo courtesy of Audrey Olson

The Hobson School is coordinating the 2018 Montana Bale Trail/ What the Hay event this Sunday, September 9. This unique Central Montana tradition now celebrates its 29th year.

The Montana Bale Trail/What the Hay brings more people to this part of Central Montana than any other day of the year, according to the event’s press release.

“People from across the state, and nation, make their way to our part of the world to enjoy our unique bale sculptures and activities,” says Audrey Olson, who is helping coordinate activities.

Here are some of the activities taking place in Judith Basin this weekend:

Saturday, September 8: At 5:30, the Utica Rod and Gun Club will host a dinner and raffle at the Oxen Yoke Inn, followed by a dance at 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 9: From 7:30 -10:00 a.m., a Mason’s Breakfast will be held at the Hobson Masonic Temple. Also taking place Sunday are the following events: Friends of the Hobson Library Annual Book Sale, a Hay Zoo on the Hobson Museum Lawn, a Hay Maze located halfway between Utica and Hobson, a Vendor Fair on Hobson’s Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hobson School’s Mid-town Café also from10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Utica Women’s Club famous Homemade Pies and Quilt Raffle at the Utica Women’s Clubhouse.

The Montana Bale Trail is located along Montana Highways 239 and 541, where you can vote for your favorite entries. Donations are gladly accepted to reward the creative bale builders.

There are still opportunities to enter your creation. Please sign up on at www.montanabaletrail.com or call Audrey Olson at 374-2510 for more information.

All proceeds will go towards rewards for the bale builders and Hobson Public Schools.