School bells, school spirit, and cow bells: what do they have in common?

Ever wonder why we ring a cowbell at school football games to support our students? The story goes back to a tradition that apparently began on the Alpine slopes in Switzerland. Farmers who skied on those slopes took bells out of barns where they hung in the winter, since cows wore them mainly in the summertime.

The cowbell became a collectible souvenir for the Olympic sport of snow skiing and its popularity spread from there. It is now used widely for indoor as well as outdoor games. In the Midwest, cowbells are especially popular during football season. There are Pinterest pages that show how you can decorate your cowbell to show your school spirit. A simple way to make a school spirit bell or party favor is to choose a cow bell in the right color and tie some ribbon on the handle. Now that school is back in session, let’s go to the games and let’s make some NOISE!

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