The winner earned first dibs on a prize spot at the feed trough, though all participants were milking the opportunity to share in the winnings: a special blend of spent brewer’s grain.
As they approached the finish line, the experience of last year’s winner Marybelle, was clear as she set a fast pace mooving around the starting fence and passing early leaders. But in the end, Evee’s compact, low-set beefy Angus body put her in position for the win as she blocked Marybelle and the other racers nearing the finish line.
Supervisor Walter Alcorn officiating the race start, his first NASCOW event, remained neutral in keeping with his official role.
Other fans selected individual cows to sponsor with donations, which at race time, had reached over $13,000. As Alcorn said, “This park is a jewel for families in this part of Fairfax County, as it continues to achieve [farming] which used to be dominant in this county not too long ago.”The park is still accepting operating donations at the park and at www.friendsoffryingpan.org.