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Frequently Asked Questions



What are the payment terms?

Sponsors have multiple options for fulfilling their sponsorship payment:

  • Make payment in full in 2017.
  • Make payment in full in 2018 – payments due February 15, 2018.
  • Pay ½ in 2017 and the remaining ½ by February 15, 2018.

Sponsors will be sent an invoice in advance of the payment due date.

Can I choose the design of my Bucky statue?

Yes! All Bucky on Parade sponsors at all levels will have the opportunity to choose a Bucky design out of our catalog of sketches. We will be working with talented artists from around the area to help us compile a large selection of designs. We feel confident that you are sure to find a design of your liking. Please note that the order in which you submit your sponsorship agreement determines your place in line to select your design.

If you are interested in designing your own Bucky, you will need to choose the Color Guard or Grand Marshal sponsorship levels. These two levels allow sponsors to work with the artist of their choosing and create a custom design. Please note all designs must be approved by the Bucky on Parade committee and follow the artist guidelines. Additionally, there are only limited spaces available to design your own Bucky, so act quickly to claim one of these spaces.

Do I get to keep the statue?

Yes, if you choose the Color Guard or Grand Marshal level sponsorship. At these two levels, the Bucky statue will be yours to keep after the parade is over. We will have it cleaned up and ready to go to the new home of your choosing in the fall of 2018. If you choose to join the Drumline sponsorship level, you will be recognized as the sponsor of that statue during the parade months, but after the parade is over, that statue will be taken to auction in the fall of 2018 to raise funds for the project beneficiaries.

What are the physical dimensions of the Bucky statues? (size and weight)

Each Bucky statue will be 6’ tall and will stand atop a 6” high round base. The base will have a circumference of 4’. The statue will weigh about 160 pounds.

What are the Bucky statues made of?

The Bucky statues are made of fiberglass. The thickness of the wall will vary somewhat, but will average around ¼” thick.

Will the statues be built and anchored to the ground?

During the parade months, all Bucky statues that are placed outside will sit on top of a 400-pound cement wafer to secure statues for display. The statue will have a base incorporated into the design that will be placed over the cement wafer, so the cement will not be visible. Once the statue is given to its owner after the parade, the sponsor can choose to take the cement wafer, but it is not needed for the statue to stay upright.

Who is responsible for the upkeep, repair and liability of the Bucky statues?

Madison Events, LLC (“Madison Events”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Madison Area Sports Commission is responsible for cleaning and repairing any statues that get damaged during the Parade.  Each statue will be secured in a 400-lb. concrete base. Madison Events is assuming liability for statue damage or possible injury.  Madison Events has secured liability insurance for the Parade and this coverage includes each Bucky statue.

How will the design selection process work?

Sponsors will choose their Bucky statue design in a catalog of sketches in November and December of 2017. The order in which you submit your sponsorship commitment determines your place in line to select your Bucky statue design. Once you choose your design, we will work with the artist to make the design come to life and be ready to go out on parade in May of 2018.

Can I use the Bucky on Parade logo?

The Bucky on Parade logo can be used to promote a sponsor’s participation in Bucky on Parade ONLY. Sponsors may not use the Parade logo or Statue for advertising, marketing and/or promotional purposes during the Parade or any time in the future. Sponsors may not use the Bucky Badger trademark, owned by the University of Wisconsin, in conjunction with Parade promotion or promotion of the sponsor’s own goods and services during the Parade or at any time in the future.


What is Bucky on Parade?

Bucky on Parade is a public art event that will bring approximately 100 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County May 7–September 12, 2018. Local and regional artists will bring these Bucky statues to life by transforming them into unique pieces of art.

When will it take place?

Bucky on Parade will debut May 7, 2018 and will run through the summer with the final farewell taking place September 12, 2018.

Why Bucky on Parade?

Everyone loves Bucky, and what better way to share our love for our favorite mascot than create 100 life-size statues of him, that are transformed into beautiful and fun pieces of art for the community and visitors to enjoy throughout the summer. And it’s all for a good cause!

Who will this event benefit?
In addition to being a community event for all to enjoy, Bucky on Parade will also raise funds to support two primary organizations—Garding Against Cancer and the Madison Area Sports Commission. Garding Against Cancer was founded by Greg Gard, Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, and his wife Michelle, in partnership with the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association, to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and care in the state of Wisconsin. The Madison Area Sports Commission was founded in 2010 by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, with the mission of bringing sporting events to the Greater Madison area that increase economic impact for our community and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Dane County.
Where will the statues be placed?
Our project team is currently working on the map with exact locations, but the statues will be found throughout downtown Madison and into the UW-Madison campus. Additionally, we plan to place Bucky’s in other areas of Madison and Dane County. We dare you to find them all!
Who is planning this event?
The Madison Area Sports Commission is the producer of this event, with support from the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. Additional project partners include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW Athletics, and the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association. A project team of over 50 staff and volunteers are working to put together the plans and operations for this event, and are excited to share their work with the public in 2018.
I am an artist—how can I design a Bucky?

There will be a call for artists taking place in September 2017. At that time, artists will have the opportunity to submit a concept to be considered for the event. For more specific questions or to ask to receive the Call for Artists notification, please contact

Can I sponsor or buy a Bucky statue?
Yes! Sponsorships are now available and they include options for both sponsoring and purchasing a Bucky. For more information contact or visit the sponsorship page.
How can I get involved?
Throughout the Bucky on Parade planning process and event, there will be countless ways for you to get involved. To start, you can join the Bucky on Parade Fan Club to get updates on the event as planning progresses. For other event questions or comments, you can reach us at

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