Cows on the Concourse

June is Dairy Month. And so on Saturday we brought the dairy to downtown Madison so lots of people could share in the cow experience.

“Cows on the Concourse” is a Madison tradition celebrating Wisconsin’s dairy industry. The state is known as “America’s Dairyland” and for good reason.

Cows Ahead

Cows Ahead © 2008 Bo Mackison

Yes, there are real cows and calves in a place of honor on the street only a hundred yards from the State Capitol building.

Cows Really ARE on Madison's Concourse

Cows Really ARE on Madison’s Concourse © 2008 Bo Mackison

Cameras were everywhere as people documented the event. Lots of kids were getting “up close and personal”, petting the cows and their babies.

Cow - Up Close and Personal

Cow – Up Close and Personal © 2008 Bo Mackison

Though at least one mama cow wasn’t too keen on the idea.

Moo-ving Milk

Moo-ving Milk © 2008 Bo Mackison

The milk was really moo-ving. At a buck a bottle, you could enjoy your favorite drink – yummy!  Though not quite fresh from the cow, you did get your choice of chocolate, strawberry or regular.

Grilling Cheese Sandwiches by the Dozens

Grilling Cheese Sandwiches by the Dozens © 2008 Bo Mackison

And to go with the milk? Why grilled cheese, of course. Another buck deal, and at a dollar for a sandwich, the lines were phenomenal. I went home and made my own.

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese © 2008 Bo Mackison

What’s in the pots in the middle of these gigantic grills?  Butter, of course. Wisconsin isn’t the Dairy State for nothing!

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. We would call it a cheese butty; a butty being northern UK slang, for sandwich, see here

    This blog is on my daily RSS feed
    And cover the same event today.

  2. Milk is the best! Hey Girls!

  3. That’s a fun kind of celebration! Great for the kids!

  4. gandalf says:

    fun post. Milk is great, particularly in milkshakes – my favorite way to enjoy the moo juice.

  5. I wonder who had to clean up the mess ( if you know what I mean !!!!) 😉

    Great shots Bo 🙂

  6. lady.percy says:

    I didn’t know they made grilled cheese at Cows on the Concourse. Still, Cows on the Concourse is a truly Wisconsin thing.

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