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. Not much tastes like it used
to 30 years ago - except a BIG BAR!
Check out the show schedule page for updates
to our 2015 schedule of events we will be attending. Just added is the extremely popular Pierce Park car show and swap
meet in Appleton!
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 and many others are listed on our cruise night page.
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 the Iola Car Show & Swap meet about 10 years ago - still a favorite. We'll be back at Iola this year with Big
Bars and this year, we will have two stands!
Below is a link to our first shows in 2015. Spring Jefferson Swap Meet and Car Show
is always a great kickoff to the old car season and it was! Despite cooler than normal temperatures, the grounds were
packed with vendors, spectators and cars! Watch for information on other events for 2015. Events celebrating
big anniversaries are: The Mopar Happening, held at the Boone County Fairgrounds is holding it's 25th and the Elkhorn
Swap Meet & Car Show is 30 years old this year!