Welcome to the Kent's
Ice Cream, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin website. We handmake a popular ice cream product called the BIG BAR and vend them at various
events in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Yes, this is still the Kent's Ice Cream that began in Fort Atkinson in
1941. We still use old fashioned recipes and very high quality ingredients that go against the food industry trend
to make things cheaper and cheaper. Many so-called ice cream products are not up to ice cream standards and many
don't even have dairy in them. In many cases, if the product does contain cream and milk, it is "ultra-high
pasteurized" or "UHT" which basically burns all the good stuff out of the milk. We use HTST pasteurization
methods, which helps retain much of the good nutrients found in dairy products.
Not much of a parking
lot sale as our last event was great. The Morris (IL) Lions do a great job with a terrific car show & swap meet.
The turnout they get each fall is amazing. The quality of the cars and the amount of vendors and spectators are all
over the top, but folks know it may be the last time they can turn the key on their old iron for the year. Thanks for
a great year!
Above is our latest crazy venture. Our building is a rather
bland, vinyl sided old place, but has a lot of traffic go by. So, what started as putting up a 1934 Gulf gas station
sign on a post has become an obsession to cover the visible portions of our building with old advertising signs to give it
a little more appeal (at least to us anyway). There are signs for gas & oil, auto, tractors & implements,
soda, seed and construction equipment included. A few years ago, this form of art would have been frowned upon, but
advertising signage has become mainstream enough for many to appreciate the history involved with them. We keep an eye
open for old, beat up signs to add to the building at all the events we attend.
This is the building we hand make each big bar. It also doubles as our
place of residence. It is a throwback to the days when many family owned businesses were also where these folks lived.
There are still several businesses in our town doing the same thing. Not only is this the main reason we have been able
to keep an old business alive, but the hours spent working during our season make it necessary to have our living quarters right
up on top of the production area.
The above photos were taken
at the June 2014 Jones Park, Fort Atkinson cruise night. A 'Mustang Corral' was created with 72 total Mustangs and their
owners enjoying their 50th anniversary party right up front and center. Despite the humid conditions and threats of
storms, many folks came out to see this special feature and the many other collector vehicles parked throughout the park.
What a great time! A special thank you to all the folks who brought their cars out - many quite rare examples were on
hand. The Jones Park cruise nights are already listed on the cruise night page for 2015!
Kent's Ice Cream,
916 Madison Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Above shows Lauren, a good friend, who has helped us at some
events and loves the bars. She decided to put a big bar bumper sticker on her car - we could not resist posting it here.
Here's an enterprising young man hauling parts at the Jefferson Swap
Meet in September.
The above picture was taken
at our spring pizza party at Salamone's Pizza in Fort Atkinson, March 19th. We hope to do something similiar in the
winter off-season so we can all see our cruisin' buddies again.
Below is a link to our first show in 2015. Spring Jefferson Swap Meet and Car Show
is always a great kickoff to the old car season. Watch for information on other events for 2015. Little Hershey
is celebrating their 50th year in 2015 and the show plans are already in the works. Held at the beautiful Boone County
Fairgrounds near Belvidere, IL, it will surely be a can't-miss event in 2015! The year 2014 sure went by quickly!