The 20 Most Intricate Butter Sculptures Carved by Hand

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Like the very idea of the state fair, butter sculptures are about as Heartland American it gets. Often depicting pastoral or rural scenes, mostly with a focus on dairy, the art of sculpting butter is tedious and completely overlooked. That is, until fair season rolls around. Whether you visit the Minnesota State Fair, the Pennsylvania State Fair, the New York State Fair, or the State Fair of Texas, you will, undoubtedly, find a section where butter sculptors are quietly carving into their yellow blocks in seriously cold temperatures.

If state fair butter sculptures are a given, then you can imagine the types of images spotted in butter. We've seen everything from a dairy cow or two dancing to a depiction of The Last Supper in butter. However, dairy farmers and the American Dairy Association alike sure love butter sculptors, and shouldn't we all? Across America, those who take pride in their skills show up to be judged at banquet tables in every state to take home the blue ribbon prize for butter sculptures.

Whether you're heading out to the Iowa State Fair or the Ohio State Fair this year, one cannot miss the butter sculpting competitions. The Midwest in particular has a way with the dairy products, but no matter where you are in the country, chances are you can find a contest near you. You'll not going to believe the following photos are made out of butter.

1. American Gothic

2. Calf Rescue

3. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

4. Family Tradition

#kansas #kansasstate #kansasstatefair #familytime #buttersculpture #hutchinsonkansas #statefair #exhibit

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5. Darwin, of IKEA Fur Coat Fame

Darwin the Toronto IKEA Monkey immortalized in butter. #letsgototheex #theex #cne ##butter #buttersculpture

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6. Butter Squirrel, Butterfinger

7. Proud Peacock

8. In Honor of the Chef

En honor al mejor chef ??? #curtiqui #buttersculpture #soyeci #hechoeneci

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9. Butter on the Lake

10. The Home Cook's Butter Unicorn

11. Holy Butter

12. Piggy Stardust

13. The Open Field

Big highlight of #2017pennsylvaniafarmshow #buttersculpture from 1000 lbs of #butteryellow

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14. The Milk Man

15. Sleepy Sheep

Butter sculpture #toronto #royalwinterfair #butter #buttersculpture

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16. The Cow Groove

17. Butternut Squash

18. Carriage Me Away

Butter sculpture ??? #bestoneyet #thebige #buttersculpture #horseandcarriage #backwhen #myfavorite #horse #carriage #sotalented

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19. The John Stamos of Butter

20. Butter Beach Volleyball

It's made of butter. . . . . . #buttersculpture #nystatefair #butter #icantbelieveitsnotbutter #itistho

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