Overheard at the Cow Ballet in Peoa, Utah, this afternoon: “You just can’t describe this thing; you gotta be here to see it.”
We considered skipping the 13th annual event when the torrent of rain washed over Park City this afternoon. But way off in the distance- in the direction of the ranch where cows would be dazzled with tutus and children’s faces painted like mystical creatures, the weather looked clear. I doubt a little sprinkle would keep the cows away anyway so we piled into the car and headed out towards Browns Canyon to support Mountain Town Stages. The non-profit is responsible for all the live free music you hear around Summit County. Those concerts at Canyons, Newpark, Quarry Village, the Silly Market, and more. We don’t want them to disappear so we rally to help them raise money.
The Cow Ballet is one of those few fundraisers where any age kid can get down and dirty. I mean where else are you hucking your meat over a hulking pile of cow manure? The irony is that the beer drinking race came after the jump.
The tickets were a fairly priced $12 with kids under 10 free. Now why can’t more benefits be this reasonable? The upcoming Utah Avalanche Fundraising Party is $35 and you get to stand around a parking lot for four hours drinking beer with your backcountry buds. Of course, it’s all in the name of a cause that could very well save your life and the lives of those friends. I suppose the price is in the realm of value when you consider that we also spent $4/beer and $7 for a cheeseburger at the Cow Ballet. And then there are the benefits that keep out the riffraff. I volunteered at the Friends of the Animal’s Barking Ball the night before and tickets were $100 a pop! Granted, you got hors d’ oeuvres and wine included and an excuse to dress up but the Cow Ballet offered something those fancy bashes don’t- a benefit to share with the whole family. Plus, you have a lot more money in your pocket to spend on the silent auction.
So what exactly is the cow ballet? A bunch of big kids dressed in cow costumes, dancing to songs about cows and making their friends and families laugh out loud.