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Rotary Cow Plop Raises $3,500

Reese Rickards and Candy the cow.

By Tom Noreen


The Cedar Springs Rotary Club’s May 5th Cow Plop fundraiser raised over $3,500 for its scholarship fund, thanks to the community’s support of the event. Mike McDermed won the $1,000 grand prize. Bob Woodward took home the $350 second prize and Marva Zeldenrust held the winning third place ticket for $150.

Candy, the cow, was “Queen for a Day” as she paraded around her orange snow fence paddock. She serenaded the onlookers with moos and bellows, leading one of our Cow Plop volunteers, Michele Warner to say, “Candy’s all moo and no poo!” As Michele indicated, Candy took her sweet time before making her marks on the field, with the first plop taking an hour to occur. When she did produce, Plop Official and Club President Denise Gates was there to mark the spot.

It was fun to observe families as they watched Candy’s antics. There was no doubt that she enjoyed the attention! After completing her official duties, Candy’s owner Jeff Spicer, brought Candy out to meet her fans. Halter broken, she enjoyed getting her ears scratched!

Since it was Cinco de Mayo, the club invited Two Hot Tamales to vend their delicious, homemade Mexican fare. Their tamales and quesadillas were a big hit! Owners Ruben and Rita Rodriquez donated a portion of their proceeds to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign. Three generations of their family helped feed the hungry crowd.

Denise Gates gives Candy the cow the rules.

White Creek Lumber hosted the event, and Country Fresh Dairy’s “Ruthie the Cow” greeted people as they drove up. Diana Merritt dressed as a clown and provided two small bounce houses, lawn games and face painting, all of which were big hits with the kids. Later in the evening, the band Madhouse provided an excellent selection of music. Howard Christensen Nature Center’s Lily the Frog and Cindy Perski entertained kids with wildlife items. B-93’s Reese Rickards was emcee for the event.

Check out the photos on the Cedar Springs Rotary Club’s Facebook page and give them a “like” while you are there.

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