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
Since 1998, the Butter Cow sculpture had become one of the most popular attractions at the #UtahStateFair. Sculptor artists Debbie Brown and Matt McNaughtan will spend nearly five days molding, carving and shaping more than 700 pounds of sweet cream butter. Each year’s creation is different from the last. This year’s sculpture is American Gothic sitting on a the Butter Cow (cow not photographed). Interesting. #buttersculpture #statefair #butter #americangothic #interesting #talent #wholelottabutter #fairattractions
2. Calf Rescue
3. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau
4. Family Tradition
5. Darwin, of IKEA Fur Coat Fame
6. Butter Squirrel, Butterfinger
7. Proud Peacock
8. In Honor of the Chef
9. Butter on the Lake
10. The Home Cook’s Butter Unicorn
11. Holy Butter
12. Piggy Stardust
13. The Open Field
14. The Milk Man
Our post for the day is a picture of the 2014 #buttersculpture at the @nystatefair and shows a mother and her children receiving #milk from a #dairyfarmer at a #foodbank. A reminder of the #givingtuesday message to give what you can to those in need. @jvmp_foodsculpt #food #foodesign #foodart #foodsculpture #phillyfood #foodnetwork #jvmpfoodsculpture #butter #buttersculpture #countyfairs #statefairs