If you’ve been inside the Visit Lebanon Valley office recently, you’ve probably been introduced to Lebanon Lilly, our life-size cow. This cow may not actually “moo”, but she’s become a symbol of Lebanon County and a spectacle for all to see.
How Lilly Was Born
Back in April 2019, Visit Lebanon Valley President, Jennifer Kuzo saw a life-size cow statue for sale. Despite how crazy it may have seemed, she thought it would make a great addition to the Visitors Center office. With the help of local kids, Lebanon Lilly, named after Lebanon’s famed Lilly Coleman, got her name.
After a few touch-ups from a local artist, MJ McFalls, the statue began to look like a real-life Holstein. Shortly after seeing the positive response from the community regarding Lilly, an idea was born. In order to tell Lebanon Lilly’s story and showcase all that the county has to offer, Visit Lebanon Valley decided to create a children’s book!
How the Book Was Created
The illustrations, also done by MJ McFalls, brings Lebanon Lilly to life in this 20-page book. While she journeys through Lebanon County, Lebanon Lilly makes several pit stops at recognizable sites such as the Cornwall Iron Furnace, Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, the Farmers Market, and more. It also highlights Lebanon Valley favorites like bologna and Opera Fudge!
Author, Jennifer Kuzo, is excited to share the book with the county. “We are proud of our Agricultural roots here in the Lebanon Valley; it’s our number one industry and defines our landscape, our work ethic and our culture. The Lebanon Lilly book is our simple way to pass on our values and pride for the Lebanon Valley from one generation to the next.”
You can pick up your own copy of the book at the Visitors Center, adjacent to the Farmers Market at 31 S. 8 th Street, Lebanon, and at any of the six Lebanon County Public Libraries, in Palmyra, Annville, Lebanon, Myerstown, Richland and Fredericksburg. The books are on sale for a suggested donation of $10 per book with 100% of the proceeds going back to the Lebanon County Public Library Systems.