Someone is decorating cow statues in Maryland

POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 4:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 4:04am

There's a mystery surrounding the large concrete statues of cows outside the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

The cow statues are currently dressed for St. Patricks Day.

When it first started in the 1990s state employees were doing the decorating, but that stopped and in early 2000.

Since then, the decorating has continued, but no one knows who's doing it.

"We don't know for sure, we suspect somebody local, but we'll come in one day and either over a weekend or sometimes during the week, they'll be decorated," says Mary Ellen Setting.

Setting, a deputy secretary at the Department of Agriculture, says the cows seem to have a different outfit for every season.

"They might be dressed up like Uncle Sam for the Fourth of July... we've had a bride and groom dress around June. The usual holidays, Christmas, Easter, sometimes at the start of school, sometimes the start of summer, they'll be decorated appropriately," she says.

There was some confusion after snowman costumes were removed from the two concrete bovines in January.

Rumors that the decorations had been banned turned out to be untrue.

The sheets covering them were blowing around and the department received complaints from drivers. 

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