The popular Todd County Hay Bale Trail, which first started eight years ago, is up and going with a record number of participating residents, businesses and other organizations this year.
Forty-seven residents, business, and organization across Todd County have created and displayed sculptures made of rolls, bales, or loose hay. The Todd County Bale Trail has garnered statewide attention and attracts tourists from several states.
“In 2014, the first year of the Bale Trail, we had 21 entries. This year, we have 47 entries, making this the biggest and best year yet,” Tiffany Groves, Executive Director of the Todd County Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release. “We are excited to welcome visitors of all ages to explore the Bale Trail and enjoy this fall family fun event. This is also a perfect social distancing-friendly activity, as visitors can enjoy the displays from inside their cars if they choose.”
“Most Creative Awards” were chosen by four independent judges on Sept. 27. Entrants were scored on originality, creative use of materials, attention to detail and overall impression.
The winners were as follows:
- Non-Profit Category Winner- “If You Give A Mouse A Cook-HAY” at South Todd Elementary School
- Business Category Winner- “Not All HAY-roes Wear Capes” at Hearthstone Place Long Term Care
- Private Residence Category Winner- “HAY-ppy Harvest” at 1925 Shemwell Rd. in Sharon Grove
The public is invited to vote on their favorite displays for the “Fan Favorite Award” on the Todd County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page through Oct. 31.
Maps of all the display locations are available to visitors, providing a self-guided driving tour through Todd County’s rural landscape and historic towns. Bale Trail maps can be found at the Todd County Welcome Center kiosk in Elkton, at Simons Farms, Weathers Drugs, and Elkton Bank & Trust. Links to a printable map and a google map are available on the Todd County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
The Bale Trail lasts through Sunday, Oct 31.