Visit the Cows

CowParade North Carolina’s public exhibition ended in December 2012. In February, our cows were auctioned and sold to benefit North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Luckily, many of our buyers opted to put their purchased cows back on public display in permanent pastures. We invite you to visit our Cows in Public page to learn more.

About CowParade North Carolina

CowParade North Carolina 2012, presented by Wells Fargo, featured 80 painted and costumed cows, all whimsically transformed by regional artists, professional and amateur, from 125-pound, life-sized “blank canvas” fiberglass cows.

Thanks to the support of many corporate sponsors, stylized cows grazed throughout Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh from August until December 2012.

Herd locations included:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus
  • The American Tobacco campus, downtown Durham
  • Golden Belt in Durham
  • North Hills in Raleigh
  • Fayetteville Street, downtown Raleigh

Visitors also found “cows in outlying pastures” throughout the greater Triangle and beyond, as far away as Fayetteville and Wilmington.

Special Features

CowParade NC featured a herd map to help visitors find all the cows during our exhibition. We also featured a mobile app developed by Blue Pane Studio for Apple or Android devices, to help fans track cows on the “moo-ve.”

CowParade North Carolina 2012 attracted more than 500,000 visitors to the Triangle. At the conclusion of the public exhibition phase of CowParade NC, we auctioned 80 cows, raising more than $300,000 to benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital. That’s some serious “moo-lah” for a great cause!

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