For the seventh-straight year, the neighbors in Todd County, Kentucky across the Montgomery County line continued an annual tradition to decorate their bales of hay for residents and visitors to enjoy during the fall season.

During the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the event was especially beneficial to folks who want to get out to see the fall scenery together in a self-guided tour that runs from the end of September through Nov. 1 each year.

The seventh-annual Bale Trail lines the roadways of picturesque rural Todd County, according to Tiffany Groves, executive director of the Todd County Chamber of Commerce.

“Someone had seen this done in Montana a few years ago, and the chamber decided to begin it here,” Groves said. “We now have grown to 46 entries this year and are planning even a bigger one next year.”

The bales of hay range in decorations from Humpty Dumpty, to a hay-licopter, to Hay Tom Turkey, and there’s even a hay bale of President Donald Trump.

“Cre-hay-tivity” is encouraged to participants that include businesses, nonprofit organizations and individual homes and farms.

Each year, a Todd County map is specially printed that shows the 46 listed properties with the names of the hay bale creations that people can use as they wind their way through the county and the cities of Guthrie, Trenton, Elkton, Allensville and Fairview, Kentucky.    

Clarksville resident Don Rademaker discovered the hay bales in 2019 when he was on a bike ride through Todd County.

“I thought it was very creative,” Rademaker said. “It’s really amazing how realistic some of the hay bales are decorated.”

Rademaker said he decided to revisit the decorated bales of hay again this year but in a vehicle this time.

“My parents were visiting from north Illinois, and I was able to take them on the drive,” Rademaker said. “It’s a great drive, especially during these days of the pandemic, where you can enjoy seeing rural country and at the same time see these unique creations from the hay.”

To see a guide of the roads that have hay bales on display, visit the Todd County Chamber of Commerce at toddchamber.com.

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