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Five Cows are at Cal Poly! Bring your family and come see for yourself! Check out all 101 cows with map at

Contact:  Cal Poly RPTA and Cow Parade SLO

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA— Cal Poly Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration at California Polytechnic State University and artist Deprise Breschia have joined forces to bring "See Cow Do" to Madonna Inn Meadows. Unveiling of all cows Saturday, September 17 starting at 10 AM until 5 PM.

International Art Event Comes to San Luis Obispo as Cow Parade SLO

CowParade San Luis Obispo County will feature 101 life-sized fiberglass cows, beautifully decorated by sponsored artists. On Sept. 17, the cows will be herded to the front meadow at the famously pink Madonna Inn for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that, the cows will be mooooooovin-on to different parts of the county, where they will become public art until April 2017. Trail map will be posted online at

Previously, CowParades have been hosted by major international cities, including Surrey Hills, London, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo, Paris, Margaret River Australia, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, and now San Luis Obispo! CowParade SLO County is the first regional CowParade in the country.

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CowParade SLO County is the county’s largest public art display with proceeds benefiting local charities. Since the initial CowParade launched in Chicago in 1999, CowParade Holdings Corp., which owns the brand, has featured the event in 79 cities worldwide, including metropolitan destinations such as Tokyo, Paris, New York City and London.

From Nipomo to San Luis Obispo, Cambria to Atascadero, Pismo Beach, San Simeon, Los Osos/Baywood, Cayucos and Morro Bay, CowParade SLO will feature 101 (as in Highway 101) life-sized cows, painted, decorated or sculpted by sponsored artists. The hefty herd will be unveiled to the public in the meadow outside the Madonna Inn on September 17, 2016, before the colorful cows are dispersed at high-profile locations across the county, where they will “graze” in style for seven months. Organizers anticipate more than 200,000 tourists and locals will view and take selfies with the beautiful bovines during the exhibition, which will run through April, 2017.

In May 2017, the cows will be auctioned at a gala. Proceeds will benefit The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, ARTS Obispo, California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation and selected sponsor charities.

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