The New York State Fair is paying homage to the state’s hardworking dairy farmers with an 800-pound butter sculpture. The American Dairy Association North East along with Wegmans Food Markets unveiled the 50th Annual Butter Sculpture at the New York State Fairgrounds Tuesday.
To illustrate just how quickly milk gets from the farm to the store, this year’s sculpture features a farmer transporting milk directly from his dairy farm to a consumer in the grocery aisle—a symbolic reminder that “Your Milk Comes From A Good Place” within 48-hours. The farm’s name, ‘Over The Moon Dairy Farm’ is a tribute to the inaugural 1969 Butter Sculpture, which originally depicted a “Cow Jumping Over The Moon.”
“This year’s Butter Sculpture is a great way to remind consumers that dairy products are local and responsibly produced by farmers who care about their cows, their land and their communities,” said Bret Bossard of Barbland Dairy in Fabius, N.Y. “When consumers buy milk and dairy products, they are supporting the state’s economy as well as the 4,400 dairy farm families and 600,000 dairy cows that call New York home. Milk comes from a good place—your local dairy farm.”
In New York State, 99 percent of dairy farms are family owned and operated and ranks 3rd in the nation for milk production.
“Wegmans is proud to sponsor this year’s Butter Sculpture, which has become an integral part of the Fair,” said Evelyn Ingram, Director of Community Relations at Wegmans.
The 800-pound sculpture was fashioned over a 10-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
After the Fair, the sculpture will be deconstructed and recycled in a methane digester to create electricity and liquid fertilizer for crops at Noblehurst Farms in Linwood, N.Y.