Euchee Creek Elementary School pupils got what they paid to see Wednesday, and it grossed them out.
As the "winning" participant in the school's Relay for Life fundraiser, Principal Wanda Golosky was forced to kiss a cow. Students and staff members donated the most money to a box bearing Golosky's name, and the principal followed through on her bet.
Golosky wore a Holstein-Friesian heifer costume as she puckered up for Lucy, a resident bovine in a Georgia Department of Agriculture Mobile Dairy Classroom.
"Ew!" shrieked more than 100 children, with many covering their eyes at the sight.
"I don't think my first date had that many whiskers," Golosky said, jokingly comparing Lucy to her first kiss. The former English teacher said she's kissed a cow and pigs before for a number of school fundraisers.
This year's event raised about $300 for the charity, Golosky said.
Lucy and her handler, Andi Branstetter, came to Euchee Creek for more than a "Kiss the Cow Contest."
Branstetter, an instructor with the state Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk, taught the pupils about the importance of the dairy industry and proper nutrition and showed the pupils how to milk a cow.
Golosky said the mobile dairy classroom brought the field trip experience to the school. She said it allowed many children who had never been to a farm the chance to learn about and interact with a cow.
First-grader Jared Enger said it was fun to see the cow get milked. Unlike a few of his classmates, who screamed when milk streamed out of Lucy's udder, Jared said he wasn't disgusted by it.
"It wasn't gross. It was cool!" he said.
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