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Saturday, August 09, 2008 

McConnell'ss Cow

Super Cow 2
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian.

I have fond memories of this creature of many guises. It is the McConnell's Ice Cream cow that sits atop the old McConnell's building on the corner of Milpas (thanks, Patrick..yes...long time since high school) and Canon Perdido.

Part fiberglass...part years of paint buildup, it is a local icon. Scads of students from Santa Barbara High have done their part giving the cow a brand new "paint job." I remember being part of the theatre department and it was the custom to give the cow a new paint job right before a major production for luck. During those years, it was also a tradition for the water polo team to paint the cow before a major game. Battling paint jobs. You never really knew what color the cow was going to be from day to day. The cow disappeared for a few years...but she's back...and being subjected to new paint and disguise, still.

McConnell's Ice Cream, itself, has been a Santa Barbara staple since 1949. It was recently highlighted by Forbes Traveler as one of the best ice creams in the country. Have an ice cream flavor suggestion? McConnell's wants to know!
I might mention, you can win a pint a week for a year if they pick your suggestion!

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Hmm, Pretty sure you mean Milpas & Canon Perdido.
Been awhile since high school Jill?

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