We don’t have to tell you what a popular season fall is. Then again, it’s always been a time of celebration.
In the old days, it was all about bringing in the harvest — the literal fruits of the spring and summer’s labor. It was also a time to celebrate your family, honor your ancestors, and prepare the hunkering down for the winter.
So it’s no surprise that across the country, towns big and small like to celebrate fall. In southwestern Kentucky’s Todd County, the towns of Elkton, Trenton, Guthrie, and Allensville all come together to celebrate fall in a truly unique and totally delightful way.
It’s called the Bale Trail.
Since Todd County is rural and most of the business is agriculture, it means that there’s a lot of hay around, come fall. As is customary on farms, the hay is gathered into bales, which can range in size — from small rectangles that can be picked up to massive cylindrical rolls.
During the days of the Bale Trail, hay bales get decorated and placed all over the county. And some get really creative — and really big.
The decorated bales are judged, and prizes are awarded for “Most Creative” and “Fan Favorite” (voted via Facebook.) While there are cash prizes, the real fun is getting creative and playing around with hay. Even bears love hay!
Check out some of the highlights of the Bale Trail below from this year and also years past. This year’s winners were announced October 1, but the creations stay up until Halloween.
[H/T: Only In Your State]