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Spooktacular Hay Bale creations join in the Halloween celebration


November 6, 2019

This Minion is located at Don and Judy Overcast's place.

We have all seen them, hay bales painted and turned into clever caricatures. The 'What the Hay' display around the Denton-Geyser-Stanford area attracted visitors for years. Often times just driving through the vast state of Montana, travelers will come across some unique hay bale concoctions.

Leading up to Halloween, just east of Chinook, several hale bale creations popped up, each featuring a spooky Halloween themed design.

The idea of decorating hay bales is not new and a quick internet search will lead you to countless ideas and themed contests. It is however something that hasn't been done locally. One can surmise that the popularity of such events on the internet must mean they provide a positive for the communities they take place in.

Mariah and Justin Kellam recently moved back home and got the ball rolling in the Paradise Valley, "We just moved home from Bozeman, and around Bozeman there are quite of few bales along the road that are painted or stacked into shapes. I have always wanted to do one of our own. So, when we got the chance, we did," said Mariah.

It didn't take long for others to join in the fun, "Faye Friede thought the idea was cool and she rallied all the neighbors into joining in on the fun," added Kellam.

Fay approached her son Shane about creating a display and he quickly turned out a creation of his own, "We moved the bales inside so I could get the paint to stick and it worked out fine," said Shane. "I did a search on the internet for something cool, saw one I like and went to work. Took me about a half an hour and turned out just like the picture on the internet."

Jack and Alicia Goodrich quickly joined in the fun, decorating two bales for display just down the road.

A short trip around the corner led to a uniquely constructed hay bale spider, complete with eyes that lit up in front of Denny and Colleen Overcasts place.

Also getting in on the action were Don and Judy Overcast. On their property was a cleverly constructed Minion that will surely bring a smile to anyones face.

The 'Nightmare Before Christmas' themed hay bale is in front of Scott and Fay Friede's house.

In just a short amount of time six creations were put together for all to see. Word of the art quickly spread and soon people were getting in their cars, going for a drive to see what the hay was all about.

Such a great response, not only from Mariah and Justin's neighbors, but from the community who quickly spread the word as well can only mean one thing... Christmas.

"It was really exciting to see it take off! It's fun to come back home and start a new tradition. Hopefully it can be one that we all stick with for years to come. Everyone is encouraged to put up their own bales at Christmas time- lights and all. I can't wait to see what people come up with," concluded Mariah.

It was pretty amazing what these clever hay bale artists came up with on a whim, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with for Christmas with plenty of time to think about it.


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