Mad cow helps make some bucks
By ADRIAN MILLER
WITH her googly eyes and protruding tongue, the mad cow at Grafton Shoppingworld yesterday didn't look too imposing, but she was definitely queen of the arena.
As each rider saddled up to take her on, only to be unceremoniously dumped to the canvas, the bucking mad cow's grin grew wider and wider.
No rider could tame the wild beast as she bucked, spun and twirled her way through the challengers.
The mad cow was at Shoppingworld as the final fundraiser for the Junior Jacaranda Queen Quest and judging by the number of participants willing to be flung to all parts of the centre, she was a challenge not to be missed.
Junior Jacaranda director Karen Crispin said the cow had proved a hit with all punters.
"We've not had as many riders as we thought, but we've had heaps and heaps of onlookers all day," she said.
"The main attraction was the Mad Cow Celebrity Challenge which brought plenty of people to watch."
Grafton celebrities ranging from radio announcers to cricket players, raised their hands to ride the cow and after much 'hooting and hollering', and some poor efforts, a winner was found.
Arthur Lysaught's proxy in the event, Rick McPherson, was given the title, but after a protest was upheld, he was stripped of the award.
The trophy, a cowboy hat donated by Valley Country, was awarded to Grafton Public School deputy principal Paul Johnson.