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Children invited to help 'Name the Petersen Cow'

McHENRY – Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to participate in the “Name the Petersen Cow” contest. 

The McHenry Landmark Commission and the McHenry Public Library are teaming up to host this contest. 

Last year, a  life-sized model Holstein dairy cow was donated to the city by the Village of Deer Park’s Vehe Farm Museum. It has tubing to simulate an actual milking process and will be a featured attraction at A Day at Petersen Farm in June. 

The McHenry Landmark Commission has been calling the cow “Bessie,” but she would like a more original name.

Entry forms for the contest are available at the McHenry Public Library and must be submitted to the library by 4 p.m. June 16.

Judges will select four finalists, and Farm Day attendees will vote for their favorite. The winner will receive a $25 Oberweis gift card. Finalists will receive a gift.

A Day at Petersen Farm will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 on McCullom Lake Road, one mile west of Route 31 and across from Petersen Park.

This year’s theme honors McHenry County’s historic dairy industry. There will be hay rides, music, games, crafts demonstrations and tours of the farmhouse. 

Admission and parking are free. For information, visit the library at 809 N. Front St., go to or call 815-385-0036.


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