Celebrating Roxanna: Island Farm plans birthday party for beloved bovine

Published 6:45 pm Sunday, August 15, 2021

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On Tuesday, August 17, Island Farm will celebrate the 13th birthday of beloved bovine Roxanna. “If you’ve ever visited the farm, you’ll likely remember Roxanna (otherwise known as ‘Roxie’) the cow,” stated a press release from Island Farm.

Roxie has captured the hearts of visitors and staff for over 12 years, after arriving on the farm as a yearling in June 2009. Shortly after, she was named “Roxanna” by a local preschool group and today she is most commonly referred to as “Roxie.”

Roxie is a Guernsey-Jersey cross (a milking breed), however she is technically a heifer and not a cow, stated Island Farm.

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On her birthday, guests can expect to get up close and personal with Roxie. Visitors can feed her treats such as cucumbers, watermelon or sweet potato and sing “Happy Birthday” when a cow-safe cake is shared between her and her feathered friends – the chickens.

Birthday festivities will take place from 1-2 p.m. and are included in the price of admission.

Island Farm, located on the north-end of Roanoke Island, offers a trip back in time to 1850s Outer Banks. Open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the living history site offers live interpretation and daily mini-programs including visits with the site’s Corolla wild horses, live blacksmithing, farmhouse tours, toys and games, weaving and other traditional crafts. Admission is $8 per person for those aged four and older and free for ages 0-3. The farmstead is located at 1140 N US Highway 64, north of Manteo, on Roanoke Island.

For more information, visit www.obcinc.org, email kirsten@obcinc.org or call 252-473-6500.



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