It wouldn't be the Illinois State Fair without a bovine of butter.
Sharon BuMann of New York State has been the sculptor of the annual attraction for more than a decade and is retiring, with plans to write a book. The search is on for a new sculptor.
As for the cow, “This is a Jersey cow,” BuMann says. “The Jerseys produce the most butterfat of any of the bovine breeds.”
The scene this year depicts a man and his granddaughter preparing a cow and calf for show.
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“Even though we rank 22nd as a state in milk production, we touch many tentacles in this agriculture industry,” state ag director Philip Nelson said at Thursday's unveilling. “We're one of the top states in corn and soybean production, and we certainly support the livestock industry with the production of those commodities.”
The sculpture is on display at the Dairy Building during the fair. This year's sculpture used about 1,000 pounds of butter, much of it recycled.