Giant cow goes through the Locks

You don’t see this every day. It pains us to post this because it’s a publicity stunt, but it was a particularly effective one, to say the least.

Bessie the giant inflatable Holstein cow cruised through the Locks and the Ship Canal, generating lots of “earned media” for the Dairy Farmers of Washington. After all, why buy advertising when you can get blog posts like this for free?

But it was a sight. Lucas even made this video:

And Bessie even cruised Elliott Bay, pushed by a tug:

Don’t you want to drink more milk?


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Upwalker
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Upwalker

You are reporting news of advertising. In effect, then, you are promoting the advertising. One could take a hard line or a soft line on this. Either way, it is important to note that your current stance is equivocal.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Corporate shills.

Concerned Ballard Millenial
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Concerned Ballard Millenial

Wonder how much kickback they got from this “news” site.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

No idea but I read in the South Seattle Emerald that all corporations larger than a craft collective are tools of The Man and need to be overthrown. That cow is a symbol of the oppression of Big Agriculture and hegemony!

Public Intellectual
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Public Intellectual

Big Milk Nipples will destroy Mother Earth.

Unconcerned Ballard Millennial
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Unconcerned Ballard Millennial

Y’all seem pretty upset over a giant, whimsical cow float.

Flapjacks
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Flapjacks

Sagging nipples remind too many middle aged Ballardites of the ravages of time.

Ron Fowler
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Ron Fowler

You mean 70-80 for middle age. (Ballard Ji 53)

Richard
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Richard

There have been many interesting things that have gone through the Locks and there is nothing wrong with a big inflatable cow to bring smiles to everyone who is visiting the Locks. Who cares about any type of advertisement. If you are upset with all of the ads, then do something about all of the billboards on the highway and those trucks that drive around with their big billboards on them. Leave the cow alone.

This comment from a long time resident of Ballard

Uff Da
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Uff Da

This is happy news in Ballard! Sort of like the parade in Fremont. At least it wasn’t a giant green bicycle, for those who don’ t like the advertising aspect of it all.

doogie
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doogie

What happened to the avatar pictures?
Did some unnamed city council ‘member’ lean on this website to ‘clean up’ the naughty images?

MyBallardSux
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MyBallardSux

My Ballard is the worst “news site”. It simply regurgitates things people post in their Facebook group. What garbage.

MyBallardRocks
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MyBallardRocks

Yet you spend your time commenting here.

Les Cattles du Seattle
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Les Cattles du Seattle

Great town for heifers, but lacking in bulls.
Overall too much manure on the ranch.

Corporations are people too
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Corporations are people too

I love steak. I know it’s a dairy cow, but beef none the less.

Ballardite
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Ballardite

25% of the US beef supply comes from dairy cows,mostly male calves that have no value as milk producers, so you can love your dairy and your ground up baby male cows!

Big MIlk
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Big MIlk

Wondered why all the vegan protestors were out at the locks yesterday. Probably harassing kids eating their ice cream cones as well.

friend not food
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friend not food

If you cared about animals at all, you would be vegan too. I don’t agree with some of the tactics that vegan activists use, but I do know that most animal products consumed in the US come from factory farms where conditions are absolutely abhorrent. I’m not going to tell you what to shove in your mouth, but, please, take time to educate yourself about factory farms before being quick to condemn vegans.

Balllard Rube
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Balllard Rube

What if I don’t eat factory farmed meats? Ate some wonderful wild meats too in my day, even shot a few myself.

You know, humans are omnivores. That is unless you believe the world is flat too.

Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving

I do believe the world is flat

My 300lb Ballard Life
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My 300lb Ballard Life

But she’s so pretty though

GJo
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GJo

Thanks for posting. Fun to see and whimsical. Something out of the ordinary. :o)

Nabin Shrestha
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Nabin Shrestha

What’s a big Cow i was never seen this much giant Cow. What’s a good news.
Thank You..

doogie
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doogie

Whimsical.

Sophie
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Sophie

No

Sophie
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Sophie

No.

Flapjacks
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Flapjacks

Udderly ridiculous.

sandi kurtz
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sandi kurtz

Yes, this is corporate advertising, but so were many of the shenanigans that Ivar Haglund and his cohort staged — I still love the image of a giant cow floating on the lake.

john
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john

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Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

I hope you keep coming, John

Kirk
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Kirk

Why is “John” ‘s post still up?

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Why do you want to deny John his right to post here?

Cannabis is Haram...
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Cannabis is Haram...

…but beef isn’t!!

ebra
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ebra

Several of us saw this coming down the sound, where it was too distant to make out what the sign said, but you could tell it was no ordinary barge-load. Thanks for filling us in.