Through a random accident of scheduling, our last interview happened to be with David Lindgren, whose plant is near Neillsville on Highway 10. Neillsville, as it turns out, is home to Chatty Belle, the world’s largest talking cow. She’s about 16 feet high by 20 feet long, which is plenty big.
Now, it should be understood that we didn’t PLAN for our last interview to be with an enormous talking cow, but we were fairly pleased with how it all worked out.
Here’s the lady herself, in all her grandeur:
Here’s the strange cheese shop / radio station combo that Chatty Belle oversees. It was originally the Wisconsin Pavilion, which promoted the state in the ’64/65 World’s Fair in New York:
A somewhat more awe-inspiring shot of the cow:
Unfortunately, the World’s Largest Replica Cheese (commemorating a 17-ton hunk of cheddar from the World’s Fair) is no longer on site. Quoth the Journal-Sentinel:
The original cheese was cut and eaten in 1965, but for years after this only-in-Wisconsin replica was displayed in a Cheesemobile parked adjacent to Chatty Belle and the original pavilion, which was brought to Neillsville to house a radio station. However, because of deterioration over the years, the Cheesemobile and replica cheddar were recently removed.
Finally, you might ask: “Talking? Talking HOW?”
All you need to do is insert a quarter, and you’ll hear Chatty Belle’s monologue.