CowParade Auction canceled; cows still for sale

An auction of the life-sized fiberglass cows featured in CowParade La Jolla has been canceled, according to event spokesman Michael Kinsman.

The auction was scheduled to take place July 11 at Robert Paine Scripps Forum at Scripps Institution for Oceanography. Kinsman cited sluggish ticket sales as the reason for the cancelation.

“It’s the same thing we’ve battled the entire time -- struggling through an uphill economy,” Kinsman said. “It’s just bad timing.”

CowParade La Jolla, which was held throughout the La Jolla Village and UTC from March through June, is part of the world’s largest public art exhibition. CowParade has been held in 55 cities around the world since the first event in Chicago in 1999. More than 100 million people have attended CowParade events, which have raised more than $25 million for charitable groups.

Though the auction event has been canceled, the public is still able to purchase the cows by contacting Kinsman at (619) 296-0605, ext. 243, and making an offer. The cows will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Proceeds will benefit The Zoological Society of San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital.

The cows are on display at Liberty Station in Point Loma and can also be viewed at