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A Cow Painting Contest

Good morning to all.  Hope that this last day of the weekend is filled with wonderful and fun things to do.  So many parties seem to begin starting at this time of year.   Between communions and graduations, mother's day and memorial day, there is so much to keep everyone on the go.
Today's blog is about cow's and painting.  It might seem like a crazy thing, but it landed up starting a tradition.  You see, a couple years back, I planned a Red Hat event with my group.  We were going to attend the pancake breakfast at the Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview.  Well, I had this idea...since Wagner Farm is the only existing farm here in Cook County.  I thought it would be fun if I had cows cut from wood and had each of my ladies paint them to put on display.  I first went and discussed the idea with the heads of Wagner Farm and they loved the idea. 
On the day before the event, I dropped off the cows to be placed into the dirt.  The day of the event was spectacular!  All the ladies were so proud of their art work.  Now, I must tell you that not all of my ladies are painters or crafty, so this truly was outside the box for most of them.  I made sure that they titled their cows and I made and attached the name to the stake that I put on them. 
My cow was painted with Deco Art Americana Paint and it's title was "HIGH SCHOOL MOO-SICAL".  I painted the 4 main characters from the movie, but their faces were all cows.  It was hysterical.    Another woman painted and decoupaged her cow in fake money and it was
titled The CASH COW.  Each girl was different and unique.  
Well, it blew my mind when I found out that the farm liked the idea so much that they decided to continue on with painted cows.  WE started a tradition....how cool is that?
So now, you can go over to Wagner Farm and purchase an unpainted wooden cow and get it ready for the pancake breakfast and have it entered into a contest.    I picked my cow up yesterday.  They are charging $10.00 for the cow and the monies collected go towards feeding the livestock.  I love the idea...and I love that us Red Hatters spearheaded the idea.  I unfortunately will not be able to attend the event due to prior commitments, but how" Utterly" cool is that!  Sorry, I just couldn't help myself!     
So, it just goes to show you, that sometimes having fun and thinking outside of the box can really become something wonderful.  So, whether you feel like you want to participate in the contest or just want to visit the farm...it is a wonderful way to spend the day.  Go to wagnerfarm.org for more information.  You can go and visit the museum on a daily basis and let your children learn about farming.  It is a great opportunity for all ages and a great place to spend an hour or two.   


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