Todd County’s annual Bale Trail officially commences Saturday.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tiffany Groves says 64 residents, businesses and organizations across Todd County are creating sculptures made of rolls, bales, or loose hay. The Todd County Bale Trail attracts tourists from several states and has garnered statewide attention including a 2021 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Events Excellence Award.
Groves says, “In 2014, the first year of the Bale Trail, we had 21 entries. This year, we have 64 entries, making this the biggest and best year yet. We are excited to welcome visitors of all ages to explore the Bale Trail and enjoy this fall family fun event.”
Lasting over a month long and covering the entire county, the Bale Trail is the biggest tourism event of the year for Todd County and brings in thousands of out-of-town visitors.
Prizes are awarded for “Most Creative,” in which a panel of judges will choose a winner from each of three categories: Private Residence, Business, and Non-Profit. Displays are scored on originality, creative use of materials, attention to detail, and overall impression.
Prizes will also be awarded for “Fan Favorite,” which will be voted on by the public via the Todd County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page October 1-31.
Maps of all the display locations will be 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 and at several Chamber Member businesses throughout the county.
Links to a printable map and a google map will be available on the Todd County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
The Bale Trail continues through the month of October.