Harrisburg, PA – It doesn’t get any “butter” than this! The half-ton butter sculpture for the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg was unveiled yesterday.
Among the people who lifted the cover on the massive sculpture was Gov. Tom Wolf and Agricultural Secretary Russell Redding, the sculptors themselves, and representatives from the dairy industry.
Charlie Batch, the former quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a two-time Super Bowl Champion, was also there to help reveal the new butter sculpture. He said milk was one of the “super foods” that helped power him through youth sports and into the NFL.
The sculpture was made from butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County.
The artists, Jim Victor and Marie Pelton, have been making the sculptures each year since 2003, but the tradition goes back all the way to the World’s Fair. They have to start in early December to complete the sculpture on time.
This year the theme is the Choose PA Dairy “Find Your Power” campaign. It shows several people wearing superhero capes, including a firefighter, doctor, athlete, soldier, and a dairy farmer.
It’ll be shown in the Farm Show’s Main Hall throughout the show, which lasts from this Saturday until next.
Although the butter can’t be eaten afterward, it doesn’t go to waste. After the Farm Show, the butter will be taken to a farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm’s methane digester.
The anticipation is over! Watch with us as we unveil this year’s half-ton butter sculpture with Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary Russell Redding and the American Dairy Association Northeast. #PAFS19 #ButterSculpture19
Posted by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on Thursday, 3 January 2019