An iconic figure at the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm is in need of a makeover. That's why a benefit is planned for this weekend in Rochester, and you might be surprised to find out who's doing the work.
He has four feet. A pair of eyes.
"It's a piece of history. It's been here forever," said Shawn Martin.
He has a tail. A very tall tail.
"Fifteen feet tall maybe."
And 30 feet long.
"He's got girth," said Joanna Dychton, Lollypop Farm.
At the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, he's an icon.
"Everyone knows the bull at Lollypop."
A fiberglass Hereford with a heritage.
"Elmer's been a part of Lollypop for 50 years, give or take."
Elmer the Bull has survived being stolen as a senior prank. That's why his feet are bolted.
"I know, it's kind of funny. We laughed at the time."
He's braved windstorms that knocked him over. But weather, and time, have taken a toll.
"His paint's been wearing, he's got some moss growing," Dychton said. "So we are in need to give him a facelift."
But who do you see about such a job?
How 'bout a mechanic?
"You name it, we'll do it."
That's where Jim Matthews comes in.
"We were asked to go down and give an estimate to repair Elmer the Bull," Matthews said.
So he sent his best auto body man.
"Bulls aren't much different than Corvettes when they're made out of fiberglass," said auto body tech Tim Warner.
Warner took one look at Elmer's condition and knew it was bad.
"He needs a lot of work, and I really didn't have the heart to tell them how much," Warner said.
"It's not gonna make it if we don't repair this thing. It's pretty bad," said Matthews.
So Tim got an idea. Why not throw a fundraiser? A benefit for a bull.
"Lollypop Farm does so much for the community. It's time to do something for them."
"It's amazing. I was so tickled when I went to the shop and they all came up to me and were like, this is what we want to do," Dychton said.
Tim's rock band will play the fundraiser this Sunday at Nola's BBQ.
"I think everybody I know who's a musician has a heart of gold. That kind of just comes with the territory," said Warner.
But for Warner, giving back to a place that takes in unwanted animals has deeper meaning. Much deeper meaning.
"The truth is I was the fat kid when I was growing up. And animals didn't care."
Mechanics figure it will take 60 hours of labor to fix Elmer. It may not be exactly the work they're used to. No matter.
"Yeah, it's gonna take a lot of work, but I'm sure we can get him back up to snuff."