April the cow, who was Eastsound’s mayor for the 2011-12 term, passed away last week.
Her life on Orcas began when two sisters adopted her from the San Juan County Fair more than fifteen years ago. April, a brown swiss cow, lived in the field near the public school and was well-loved by passersby.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:45 a.m. The group will gather at her field and be led to the stage area of the village green by music from the Dust Bunnies. Bring instruments and pets.
On July 2, 2011 April was named the official winner of the Honorary Eastsound Mayoral Race, a fundraiser sponsored by and benefitting Orcas Island Children’s House.
An obvious favorite of Orcas locals, April captured 57 percent of the vote in a five-week campaign that raised nearly $5,000 for the early learning center.April ran as an official candidate in the previous two years, but was bested by canines both times.
Last year, spurred on by her Eastsound sponsor, Trading Co. of Prune Alley, she stampeded to the finish line in her first win. In a rare interview following the election, April was quoted as saying she found the outpouring of community support “mooving.”