Heidi Provencher of Rumford knew where this is because it is the first place she brings friends who visit to have their photo taken with Babe the Blue Ox at the top of Congress Street in Rumford, next to the Rite Aid store and across the street from the American Legion. In
2009, selectmen voted 3-1 to take $6,500 from the town’s economic development funds to buy the six-foot high, 10-foot long bovine from a Wisconsin company . They were hoping it would draw people to the downtown area who would also visit the stores and shops. It became a controversial issue but is now a popular addition to the giant Paul Bunyan across town at the Information Center.