But don’t worry, the sculpture won’t go to waste, either. At the close of the eight-day show, the butter will be given to a Juniata County dairy farm. The butter will be put through a digester that will convert it to 65 kilowatt hours of electricity to operate the farm.
Headed to Pennsylvania anytime soon? We’d suggest you pay a visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, opening Saturday, to visit the 1,000-pound butter sculpture, depicting a young 4-H member showing his prized calf at a county fair. The sculpture pays tribute to the 100th anniversaries of the Pennsylvania 4-H and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.
The largest segment of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry is dairy, with 7,400 dairy farms and 540,000 dairy cows present in the state.
The butter sculpture was created by Jim Victor of Conshohocken, Montgomery County. He began crafting the life-size design in mid-December and finished just in time for the Farm Show. He also creates sculptures using chocolate and cheese.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.