What The Hay – What An Event!

The Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay event is always held the first Sunday after Labor Day and it is certainly a date worth noting on your future calendars. This year the weather was picture-perfect. Since I had painted haybales in steady rain Thursday, just a few days ago, I had my doubts about the weather for the day of the event. Clear blue skies, a few fluffy white clouds and a temp around 75 … Read more

Some What The Hay Competition

Aha! The latest word on the street is that someone, who looks a lot like Art Taft, has been secretly building an entry for the What The Hay competition Sunday, September 12. Nobody would have known except for a garage door inadvertently left open. Although this photo doesn’t show the entire entry you have to wonder if this haybale artist really knows what he is doing! You can’t even figure out what the cre-hay-tion is … Read more

What The Hay – Building An Entry

The Russell Country board has painted haybales for the What The Hay event for quite a few years now. The event is held the first Sunday after Labor Day. What began as a spoof between two neighbors has grown into one of Montana’s most unique events. Decorated haybales dot the landscape between Windham, Utica and Hobson, Montana, about 25 paved miles through beautiful farm and ranch country. The event is a great showcase of Montana’s … Read more

Exploring Winifred and Hilger

When I was in Winifred for a meeting recently we took some time to walk around the town. The Winifred Cafe always seems busy, plus there are two taverns, then there is the Winifred Grocery. The grocery building has a super-tall tin ceiling and neat old architecture, besides groceries and tourist information. And it was busy with harvesters, locals buying groceries, river floaters stocking up on supplies, and us. It also happened to be a … Read more

Calving and Lambing Open Houses In Chinook Area

Blaine County, along US Highway 2 in northcentral Montana, is the location of scheduled ranch open houses during calving and lambing season. What a great effort to combine agriculture and tourism and pass along education about Montana’s ranching heritage. The Chinook Chamber of Commerce and the Northcentral Montana Cattlewomen have coordinated this interesting project. Ranchers are taking turns in hosting the open houses that will run for two months on weekends only. Contact the Blaine County … Read more

What The Hay – What An Event!

If you are in need of some good old fashioned chuckles, drive to Utica, MT Sunday, September 7, 2008. The annual What The Hay event takes place roadside between Hobson, Utica and Windham, MT. Area ranchers build haybale cre”Hay”tions and use the words hay, bale or straw in their title. There are usually about 50 entries, some using square-corner bales, some using the big round bales. Election years sometimes feature candidates in the bale entries. … Read more