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Kent's BIG BAR Ice Cream, Fort Atkinson, WI

 

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    Welcome to Kent's Ice Cream,
       Home of the BIG BAR

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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!
 

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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. 

 

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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 done for the year already.  The cruising season is done for the season, but what a season, eh?  Nice weather and not many 90 degree days!  Let's hope for a repeat of that weather in 2015!
                      
 
                   
Kent's Ice Cream, Inc.
916 Madison Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
920-563-7501
email:bigbar@charter.net
Updated:10-13-2014

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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.  Thanks Lauren!

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Here's an enterprising young man hauling parts at the Jefferson Swap Meet in September.

 

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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!

 

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