‘til the cows come home

Cow Plop Festi-Bull looks to shake things up in 25th outing

Rawlins Daily Times, Chad Abshire, File One of the three cows from 2015‘s Cow Plop Festi-Bull looks at the camera in this file photo. The 2016 event is set for Aug. 6 and looks to be bigger than ever with a bevy of new additions.

Rawlins Daily Times, Chad Abshire, File
One of the three cows from 2015‘s Cow Plop Festi-Bull looks at the camera in this file photo. The 2016 event is set for Aug. 6 and looks to be bigger than ever with a bevy of new additions.

By Chad Abshire

editor@rawlinstimes.com

RAWLINS — The 25th annual Cow Plop Festi-Bull has a lot of new additions this year, but that’s not much of a surprise considering it also has a new director at its helm.

Jessie Powell took over as director of the Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce in early July and ever since has been looking at ways to put new touches on events that Rawlins calls tradition.

“Forming the event has been a blast,” she said. “Getting to know people in a fast manner, everyone working together and helping each other — I couldn’t do it without my volunteers.”

The titular Cow Plop event, set for Saturday, Aug. 6, remains much the same — a messy form of roulette at its core. And while it’s not quite Las Vegas, the odds aren’t bad for a person to come away as a big winner.

An annual fundraiser for the Chamber, Cow Plop consists of purchasing a square (or multiple squares) on one of three 200-square grids. Cows, which have been fed really well that day, are loaded off a trailer and onto a drawn chalk grid.

Then the waiting game begins.

Living up to its name, the cows “plop” on the winning squares, with the lucky square holders winning $500 for the first plop, $250 for the second plop and $100 for the third plop.

Rawlins Daily Times, Chad Abshire, File A girl hangs on tight while riding the mechanical bull during the 2015 Cow Plop Festi-Bull.

Rawlins Daily Times, Chad Abshire, File
A girl hangs on tight while riding the mechanical bull during the 2015 Cow Plop Festi-Bull.

The “plop” is set for 6 p.m. Tickets are still available now and up until the “plop” itself or until the Chamber runs out.

Tickets can be purchased at the Rawlins Daily Times, Summit Title, Bigfoot 99, Bank of Commerce, Union Wireless, Meridian Trust, Huckleberry’s, Rawlins National Bank, Wyoming Frontier Prison and Tractor Supply.

A ticket for one square on a grid can be purchased for $10 and tickets for three squares on a grid are available for $25. If luck’s on your side, $25 could turn into more than $2,000, provided your squares on all three grids align with the cow.

But if gambling on acts of nature aren’t quite your thing, there’s still plenty to do at this year’s Cow Plop.

New to this year’s event are a variety of “zones” and other activities for children Powell said, including a water zone and ones for young kids, older kids and families.

The Cow Plop Festi-Bull will feature a mechanical bull, dunk tank and bounce houses, but features loads of new additions.

  • “Sponge bombs” — throw them at each other.
  • Water balloon basketball — shoot a hoop.
  • Squirt gun area
  • Bubble station
  • “Frozen break” — a game where kids chip away at a frozen toy.
  • Coloring table
  • “Dinosaur dig” — kids play in the sand find hidden treasures.
  • “Toe marble pick up” — precisely as it sounds except the marbles are underwater
  • Coin drop
  • Pin the tail of Bessie, the Chamber’s older mascot
  • Milk the Chamber’s newer version of Bessie
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Beanbag toss
  • Lemon balance — a game where if you can balance a coin on a lemon for 10 seconds, you win five times the amount of the coin back. A quarter wins you $1.25.

Finally, there’s a photo area, a performance from local band Still House Blues after the Plop and a Rawlins Fire Department fire truck and an ambulance for kids to climb around in.

The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, and runs to 10 p.m.

“I’m stoked,” Powell said of this year’s Cow Plop. “I can’t wait for it to be a great event with all the food and other vendors. I’m hoping for it to be packed.”

IF YOU GO

What: Cow Plop Festi-Bull

Where: Tractor Supply parking lot, 2201 Plaza St.

When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

Why: A fundraiser for the Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce

Cost: Tickets for the Cow Plop itself are $10 for one square or $25 for three.

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