The Hopewell Valley Arts Council Stampede oxen are enjoying their final days of sweet fall air before they are reclaimed from their temporary community placements. We’ve written about this movement oxtensively and may have oxhausted all poxible puns.

The oxen have been amongst us for several months but will be retired from the public locations in preparation to be united with their “forever homes.”

IMG_6374To celebrate the close of its “oxceptional” public art oxen exhibit, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council will be hosting a community party on Sunday October 19 at 3PM at Hopewell Elementary School.  The closing event will feature live bands and food trucks. Plus, a few exciting artistic revelations will be revealed including the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” and a “mysteriox” that no one has yet seen.

That event will also mark the end of the online auction for the oxen sculptures so make sure you have your final bid placed by 3PM on October 19th. The auction funds will go toward helping the Hopewell Valley Arts Council in its mission to bring quality workshops and classes to Hopewell Valley.

For info or to place your bid, visit  or go to the bid instructions here for a chance to own an ox!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

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