I drove through Rockford, Illinois yesterday, after taking a cheese making class at Angelic Organics in nearby Caledonia. While in town I tracked down this big fiberglass bovine roadside attraction: Gertrude the Cow.
The giant cow statue looks over the farm at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm. Gertrude the cow is a guernsey cow and colored fawn/brown with white spots. She measures in at about 21 feet long and 19 feet high making her one of the biggest bovine roadside attractions in America. (Even bigger than Sissy the Cow in DeForest, Wisconsin.)
or should I say
Gertrude the Cow
Fiberglass Roadside Attraction
Location: Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm, 5201 Safford Rd., Rockford IL 61101
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: The park is open dawn until dusk, year-round.
Date: June 7, 2008