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Kentucky’s ‘Bale Trail’ Festival Showcases Incredible Hay Art

One county in Kentucky draws crowds from near and far each fall, thanks to a unique festival that displays some of the state’s most impressive sculptures. These aren’t your typical art museum structures, however, because they are all made of hay.

The Bale Trail festival takes place in Todd County, which is home to cities Elkton, Guthrie and Trenton. Each year, participants create artistic displays and sculptures using hay bales or loose hay. If you’ve ever doubted hay as a building material, think again, because the results are actually pretty awesome. Also, in rural communities there is plenty to go around!

The displays have ranged from a giant tootsie roll to a rendition of the famous “American Gothic” painting over the years. The county then provides a map, so that visitors can go on a self-guided tour and take a look at the impressive hay-work.

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The displays get set up in mid-September and stay up through Halloween, assuming that the weather allows. Take a look at this year’s fan favorite below.

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Animal hay art is a go-to every year. After all, how adorable is this Nemo hay bail?

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The trio of snowmen below took home the prize for ‘Most Creative Bale Display’ this year, which earned the creators $250.

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If you like Yeti tumblers, you’re sure to get a kick out of this next one.

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With the recent popularity of Pokemon Go, it’s no surprise that this made an appearance along this year’s trail.

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And last but not least, take a look at this totally rad Ninja Turtles display.

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So, if you ever are in southwest Kentucky during autumn, this Bale Trail is a must-see. For more details or to download the trail map, visit Todd County’s official website.

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