A one-day “festival” of sorts held on the first Sunday after Labor Day, the two towns in the area (Hobson and Windham) have “special” events that day. There were reportedly 50 or so “am-hayzing” displays of hay bale sculptures, most created by local farmers and ranchers, along the trail (a 21 mile long loop on state highways 239 and 541 just south of U.S. Highway 87). Many of the hay bale sculptures remain for days and weeks afterward – lucky for me!
Most of the sculptures were named and generally included the word “hay” or “bale” in one form or another. The detail on many of them was rather incredible and ingenious.
I'm just Smurf'Hay.
Rise of the Planet of the 'Hay'pes.
Some were even more simplistic than this Toots 'hay' Roll.
But a lot of work went into this one. The sign in front of it said “Mudhay Days - May June”
It was one of the more elaborate sculptures.
Wild Bale Hickok was quite impressive though.
From his head...
But the one I thought was most impressive was “Hay-wo-Jima”
Proud to say Made in the U.S. Hay.
The wind had taken its toll on the soldiers, with the one on the right being almost blown over, but you get the idea...
It was a fun and interesting way to spend an extra hour or so on the long drive to St. Mary on the north-eastern side of Glacier National Park.