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Bale Toss

Bale toss is a physical game that involves tossing a bale of hay as far or as high as possible. In the former type of competition, participants attempt to win by throwing the bale the furthest distance. In the latter, competitors attempt to throw the bale over a bar, which is placed at a set height. Competitions are often separated by age and gender, with the weight of the bale varying depending on the participating group.

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

This activity was influenced by sheaf toss, a Scottish activity in which participants toss a bag filled with hay or straw with a pitchfork. Bale toss competitions originated at American fairs in the early 1900s and shortly afterward gained popularity in Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

This activity typically occurs at summer or fall fairs.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?


Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



Physical Game
  • Guido De Bres High School
    420 Crerar Drive
    Hamilton, ON L9A 5K3

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