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Manitowoc, Wisconsin: Bernice the Cow

Tan and white and larger than life. Made of fiberglass, currently named "Bernice," she's been here since the 1960s. The dutiful mascot of the Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor.

Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor

2000 S 10th St., Manitowoc, WI
On US 10 at the corner of Jaycee Drive, one block north of Dewey St. and 11 blocks south of US 151/Washington St.
Store closed Dec-Mar. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Alien costume cow.

Bernice the Cow

If you arrive during Sputnikfest, the cow is dressed like an alien!

[KEH, 09/16/2015]

Cow dressed for Sputnikfest.

Cedar Crest Cow

She was wrapped with a Sputnikfest banner and space boots for the weekend of the festival. The ice cream parlor is closed December through March.

[Haley H, 09/08/2013]
Bessie the Big Cow

Bessie the big cow is at the Cedar Crest Dairy. For the 100th anniversary of Harley Davidson, she had on a leather vest and a Gatsby hat. She's a little faded and shows some signs of vandalism...

[Brian B., 06/19/2008]

Cow statue.

Cedar Crest Cow

Here is the Cedar Crest Dairy Cow. The ice cream shop behind her was open, so I went in and asked the wait staff the name of the cow at pasture on their front lawn. They seemed unsure, but, after a brief conference, decided she was probably "Betsy." Betsy had no serial number.

[Chuck Rhode, 09/06/2005]
New but identical cow

The cow in Peshtigo is identical to the Chatty Belle/Sissy/Bessie trio, down to the Sculptured Advertising serial number plate. There is also one down the road in Manitowoc in front of the Cedar Crest ice cream factory. While it is missing its plate, it is the same as the other (I've sadly learned to look for a few distinguishing characteristics, like the tail wrapping around the left rear leg).

[Craig Thom, 06/09/2001]

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