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World Dairy Expo turns 50 and a New Steel Cow Painting

Well, apparently I can't run from blogging anymore.

Josh has been after me to start a blog for years, and although I felt the tug and agreed with him that I needed to, there is always something that stands in my way. Two little boys, a painting that needs to be worked on, orders that need to get out - you get the picture. But tonight I blog. Please don't be too harsh on me - I really do work better in pictures.

My first official Steel Cow blog post coming right up.........

I can't believe World Dairy Expo is only a month away! For those of you who don't know, World Dairy Expo is the one show we do a year. It is hard for Josh and I (husband and wife) to do shows these days. Eddie and Harry (soon to be four and one and a half) are with us most all of the time, and to be away from them is difficult. This year they will be spending the week at Grandma's, so for the first time in 4 years we will be without kids for the show. I am almost positive it is going to feel like a vacation. (A bit of Steel Cow trivia - we brought Eddie for the week to his first World Dairy Expo when he was only 8 days old!)

This year World Dairy Expo turns 50 and the theme is Celebrate 50! We hear there are going to be lots of attendees and we will be ready with more super cool Steel Cow prints and merchandise (including mugs, clocks, calendars, bags, magnets, ornaments, and our new pillows....maybe even a milk can or two) than ever before! We are quite excited to help World Dairy Expo celebrate the big 50 and we thank all of you who have been a part of the previous Expos, whether you showed cows, exhibited or attended in years past. According to their website, World Dairy Expo attracts more than 70,000 people from over 90 countries to Madison, Wisconsin each year. This year's event will take place October 4-8, 2016.

We truly love being part of such a great show and enjoy seeing many of you during the first week in October. If you do make it to the show please make sure to stop by our booth to say hi and see our new paintings. And if you can't make the show in person, stop by our facebook page that week as we will be having some of our World Dairy Expo specials available to those of you who can't visit us in person.

I am working on this new painting that will be finished in time for World Dairy Expo. She doesn't have a name yet and she is not completed, but here she is in progress on my easel. The cow is from my cousin's dairy farm just outside of Waukon, IA (where we are located.)

When I went to their farm a couple of weeks ago to take photos for the new painting, I was looking for a sweet, mature and wise barn cow and I think she is the perfect model for this painting. Man I love visiting farms to meet the animals. Each time I go, it is so much fun and I don't want to leave. I almost came home with a goat for our roof from this photo trip. (I may have gotten a goat but probably would have had a very unhappy husband and City of Waukon - so I unfortunately came home empty handed goat-wise.) On my visit, I snapped this photo of my little cousin in the barn. He is a great farm helper and was on the lookout for his favorite cow that morning.

Anyway, I better get back to painting while I still have an hour or so left of night-time painting. I can't believe I have turned into a night-time painter. So many things change when you have kids!

Thanks for reading and being a fan of Steel Cow!

Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller
Valerie Miller


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