What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Dress a Cow


Dawn Luebbe

For the last 38 years, Ohio’s Canfield County Fair has included a “meditation on bovine beauty” known as Dress a Cow. In other words, they hold a costumed cow beauty pageant. Now, I know some of you think dressing up animals is disrespectful, but these darling creatures really do seem pretty happy with themselves, plus it’s hilarious.

The mini documentary below includes some fantastic shots of the cows along with quotes that will stick with me like “When we dress a cow, it’s not like pulling pants on a normal person.” I imagine that’s very true.

“Everyone deserves a moment to shine….even a COW. This fun doc peaks into a rural community’s tradition and love affair of 38 years. Director Dawn Luebbe captures the deep-seeded connection those involved have with their cows and their adoration for this fanciful competition. This film is udderly endearing and you can’t help but lean in. (Pun intended)”

– Elle Shaw, Festival Director

If you, like me, would like to learn more about the Dress a Cow competition, you can check it out on the Canfield Fair website and also follow the pageant on Facebook.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Dress a Cow

  1. This was sweet and funny and heartwarming. The cows look so very gentle, but I had to laugh when one woman says about keeping the cows ‘from running over small children.’ 😧😆

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  2. Country fun. We never “dressed ” but my boys did show dairy calves, lambs and hogs in 4H…years ago. Fun times.

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  3. Humm all I see is steak and burgers. I don’t use much and my milk was spoiling. So I went to Almond mik. But some cow sure gave me gallons of milk during my life time. Hal

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  4. This made me smile!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!❤ 🐮

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