This year’s half-ton butter sculpture at the Pennsylvania Farm Show focuses on the jobs that support the state’s dairy industry.
The butter sculpture that is is displayed in a refrigerated room at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. it features renderings (carved out of butter) of a dairy cow and dairy farmer; an agronomist who helps seed become the corn farmers provide to their dairy cows; a milk processor who tests, processes and delivers dairy products to retailers; and a consumer with a basket full of dairy products.
“This sculpture captures the diversity of careers and roles that make just one industry of our broader agricultural sector possible,” state Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding told reporters.
Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Montgomery County have worked on the butter sculpture since mid-December. The display is sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East and butter was donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County.
Once the Pennsylvania Farm Show ends next Saturday, the sculpture will be moved to Reinford Farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm’s methane digester.
Butter sculptures have been a part of the popular farm show since 1991 and included many different themes.