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Burning Cow Music Fest looks to heat things up

Not even Summerfest, the world's largest music festival, has something as big as the Burning Cow Music Festival does — a 25-foot cow.

The namesake for the inaugural rock and blues fest July 23-25 north of Sturgeon Bay will be torched on the final night of music.

"We are building a 25-foot tall wooden cow. It will be sort of watching down over the fans and the stage over the festival, and then we will set it ablaze Saturday night and let it burn," said Tracey Cook, who is working with co-hosts Funny Farm Productions and the Door Devils Motorcycle Club on the event. "It's going to be the greatest bonfire in Door County."

Count on the cow to deliver the spectacle but the music to be the real draw. The lineup features nearly 20 bands from as nearby as Door County and as far away as Ireland. It's designed to be a mix of established and emerging rock, blues, alt-country, Southern rock and jam artists.

» All the way from Prince Edward Island, Canadian trio Vishten will play traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility July 9 at Luna Coffee & Roastery in De Pere. It's one of the first stops on their U.S. tour in support of new album, "Terre Rouge," which comes out the next day. They'll travel with everything from fiddle, guitar and accordion to whistles, jaw harp and moog.

Tickets are $15 in advance at and $17 at the doors.