A spokescow, 15 tons of snow, ice cream, a 20-foot milk bottle, 10,000 cows and Santa.
Say Shamrock Farms’ Joy to the Herd holiday event.
All of that — and a whole lot more — is on tap Saturday and Sunday at the Stanfield dairy farm.
Tours of the working operation are planned every hour, on the hour, beginning at 9 a.m. and extending to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Advance registration and prepayment is required for the $10 tours by visiting www.shamrockfarms.net or calling 602-477-2462. The welcome barn, where Santa will hang out and activities abound, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Roxie, spokescow for Shamrock Farms, will wander the grounds, waving, giving out hugs and posing for photos, and sometimes dancing a jig, Shamrock Farms spokeswoman Molly Costa said.
Parents may bring their own camera to take photos of their kids with Santa.
A kid-friendly lunch of hot dogs, chips, pretzels and, of course, ice cream, can be purchased or guests may bring a picnic lunch. The gift shop is open all day, offering cow-themed apparel, jewelry, toys, home decor and ice cream.
Tour highlights include the cow cafeteria, where the cattle feed is kept; the desert oasis, the covered area where the cows eat; a stop at the outdoor play area, which features a 20-foot-tall milk bottle you can climb and an ice cream maze; and a trip through a milking barn.
Each tour takes about 35 minutes, Costa said.