MINERVA, Ohio – The Minerva Cheese Factory’s newest addition is a 14-foot Holstein.
The fiberglass cow from Wisconsin is 19 1/2 feet long, 6 feet wide.
In the family. The statue originally was made for another cheese factory, Radloff’s, more than 20 years ago.
Max Radloff opened Radloff Cheese in 1884 in Hustisford, Wis. But it wasn’t until 1934 that Radloff and his son, Max Jr., came to Minerva and bought the building that is now Minerva Cheese Factory. Radloff’s great, great, great-grandson, Phil Mueller, now operates the cheese house on a street in Minerva named after Radloff.
Paint job. When Radloff Cheese closed last fall, Minerva Cheese decided to keep the cow in the family.
After surviving Wisconsin winters and being shipped to Ohio, the cow needs painted before the public will be able to see it.
Name that cow. In the meantime, Minerva Cheese Factory will hold a contest to name the cow. Fill out an entry form at the factory store, 430 Radloff Ave., Minerva. Store hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday noon to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store.
For more information call 330-868-4196, ext. 18.
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