Hopewell Valley Stampede

  • Join the Classic Car Cattle Drive on Saturday, October 4
  • See all 68 oxen!
  • Join the fun and bid on an ox!
  • Play our "Where's Olly?" game to find all the oxen

And they’re off! After much planning and preparation by local artists and sponsors, a herd of 68 painted, decorated, and embellished life-sized oxen is scattered through the fields, sidewalks, roadsides and other locations within Hopewell Valley through October 19. This website is your guide to the Stampede. Here you’ll find maps, activities, events, and information about the oxen, artists and sponsors. Check back frequently for updates throughout the Stampede, and mark your calendar for the Stampede Finale Celebration on October 19. 

Although we treasure every one, several of our oxen have received special recognition from a panel of professionals.  You can join in the fun and vote for your favorite!

Want one of your own? The auction is live!

The oxen are not only part of the biggest public art exhibit to ever come to Hopewell Valley, but many of these magnificent works of art are available for purchase! Most are part of an online auction, which is open until October 19 at 3pm. Ten special oxen have been selected for the live auction and gala to be held at Grounds for Sculpture on January 24, 2015. Not sure what you would do with one? Here are some suggestions.

 Join the Classic Car Cattle Drive on Saturday, October 4.  

With your club or as an individual, take a leisurely 2-hour drive through the colorful canopy and rural roads of Hopewell Valley to discover some bewitching bovines that have strayed from the herd. At registration (at Hopewell Valley Vineyards), you will be given a quick quiz whose answers can be found on the Stampede’s prized oxen. Return to the Vineyard from 3:00-5:00pm, to enjoy fi ne wine and an exhibit of exquisite automobiles. Raindate is Sunday, October 5.

Check out these fun contests inspired by the Stampede

Oxen out to pasture

Beaux Vine is back! Welcome him back to the herd by visiting his grazing location on Carter Rd.

Jersey Strong (as an Ox) is back, at a new location, just down the street. He’s been moved to the front of the Four Seasons Club House on Denow Rd.

Some of the Stampede oxen need to be removed from their exhibit locations from time to time for repairs. These oxen are currently removed from the exhibit: