Cow Parade SLO to Benefit Octagon Barn Center

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Cow Parade SLO to Benefit Octagon Barn Center

CowParade Cows Benefiting LCSLO to be Sold at May 6 Auction

Tickets on sale now for fun, day-long event at Santa Margarita Ranch

March 10, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO – 32 cows benefiting The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, will be auctioned for charity May 6 during a fun, day-long event at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

The Land Conservancy was named a title beneficiary of this event along with Arts Obispo and the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation. Dozens of local organizations supported CowParade SLO County, a public art and charity event featuring 101 life-sized cow statues. Those painted, sculpted and reconfigured cows, which have been prominently displayed throughout the county since September, will be herded to Oyster Ridge at Ancient Pikes Winery at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, where their final grazing spots will be determined by the highest bidders.

If you have come to know and love our cow “L.C.” currently displayed at the Octagon Barn, never fear! L.C. has been designated especially for The Land Conservancy by her sponsor B.K. Richard and won’t be going anywhere! The proceeds from the auctions of other cows supporting The Land Conservancy will be put toward completion of the Octagon Barn Center Project.

The auction event begins with early VIP entry at 2 p.m. followed by regular entry at 3, and a live auction at 4. Twenty-five cows will be auctioned live, while the remaining happy heifers will be listed at a silent auction on the veranda. The event continues until 7:30 p.m.

Radio personality Adan Montiel will emcee the event, while Todd Ventura of Poor Richards Press will serve as the auctioneer.

The event will be catered by The Rib Line, which will cook up a barbecue prime rib dinner. Central Coast Distributing will provide beer, and wine will be offered by multiple generous sponsors, including Ancient Peaks Winery, Ranchita Canyon Winery, True Myth, Castoro Cellars and Halter Ranch.

Tickets can be purchased here. Meanwhile, beginning April 16, an online auction site for pre-bidding and other available cow purchases can be found here.

Pricing options for the auction include:

  • VIP table,$1,500. Includes 10 VIP tickets and seating at a beautiful oak table at the front, near the auction stage, early admission and everything including in the regular admission.
  • VIP ticket, $120. Includes seating near the front of the stage as well as early admission and everything in regular admission.
  • Regular admission, $99. Includes award-winning Ribline BBQ prime rib dinner and dessert.

Oyster Ridge at Ancient Peaks Winery is a new event venue nestled amongst vineyards on a working cattle ranch. It’s named for the oyster fossils that grace the soils there. (For more information visit their website.)


The Cow Parade, an international public art exhibit, is coming to San Luis Obispo County! Cow Parade SLO County will showcase 101 painted fiberglass cows along the 101 from September 2016 – May 2017.

“A variety of events are scheduled throughout the year to exhibit these works of art until they are auctioned off for charity early in spring 2017, with net proceeds benefiting three title charities, including the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, and ARTS Obispo, as well as other county non-profit organizations.” –

Local artist Carol Paulsen has teamed up with cow sponsor, LCSLO Board Trustee, and Octagon Barn Center advocate BK Richard, to produce “LC,” a bike-loving bovine who will be placed at the Octagon Barn for visitors to view. “LC” has been outfitted with a bike helmet, water bottle, and some fashionable spandex, ready to hit the Bob Jones trail or just peddle around San Luis Obispo!

All 101 painted cows will be on display at the Madonna Meadows on Saturday, September 17th to kick off Cow Parade SLO. This public event is open to the community to come to the Madonna Inn center from 10:00am-6:00pm to celebrate the CowParade kickoff! There will be food trucks, beer, wine and ice cream throughout the day. Following this event each cow will be moo-ved to a new location in SLO County, before being auctioned off in the spring of 2017.

Proceeds received by LCSLO from the Cow Parade auction will go directly toward construction of the Octagon Barn Center.

For more information and to find a map of all cow mural locations visit

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