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Friday, August 23, 2013 12:04 AM

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VAN WERT — A special visitor is coming to the Van Wert Historical Society from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

A brown-eyed Jersey cow by the name of Elsie will visit the Red Barn on the campus of the Historical Society. She will be the highlight of our new special display featuring Van Wert’s Borden Cheese factory memorabilia.

The real Elsie the Cow first became the spokesperson for Borden’s dairy products in the early 1930s as a cartoon figure and went on to be featured in movies and TV commercials. Elsie’s first public display was at the 1939 New York Worlds’ Fair when she became a fixture in the Borden’s display.

Reminiscent of that display, on display are restored furniture pieces from Elsie’s last visit to the Van Wert County Fair in 1951. Be sure to also check out items and pictures from Van Wert’s Borden Cheese Factory.

The new display and Elsie the Cow’s visit is co-sponsored by the Van Wert County Dairy Services. In honor of this display, the Van Wert County Dairy Services will provide free ice cream to visitors while supply lasts. Visitors to the Van Wert County Fair are encouraged to visit the Van Wert County Historical Society’s display in the Agricultural Building to relive more memories of the Van Wert Borden Cheese Company plant.


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