New York State Fair 2018 butter sculpture revealed

This year’s New York State Fair butter sculpture has been revealed.

The sculpture, which pays tribute to New York dairy farmers, is entitled “Your Milk Comes From A Good Place” and depicts a farmer delivering milk from his farm to a customer in a grocery store.

 

The name of the farm in the sculpture is “Over The Moon Dairy Farm,” which pays homage to the first butter sculpture in 1969, which depicted a cow jumping over the moon.

Among those in attendance for the unveiling was Marsha Anderson Leonard, the 1969 New York State Dairy Princess who took part in the inaugural butter sculpture unveiling.

Commemorative logos of that 1969 sculpture are embedded in this year’s sculpture and fairgoers have the opportunity to guess how many logos were included in the sculpture for a chance to win prizes.

 

Guests can post a photo of themselves or others in front of the butter sculpture on Instagram and tag @AmericanDairyNE and use the hashtag #UdderlyNY. Fairgoers can then comment on their posted photo with their guess. Prizes include a two-night “dairy getaway” in New York City, an NFL VIP experience at a New York Giants or Buffalo Bills game and a one-night farm retreat, as well as gift cards awarded daily.

This is the fair’s 50th butter sculpture. It will be housed in the Dairy Products Building for the entire fair, which runs from Aug. 22 to Sept. 3.

The husband-and-wife team Jim Victor and Marie Pelton, of Conshohoken, Pennsylvania, crafted the roughly 800-pound sculpture in 10 days. Victor and Pelton have created every NYS Fair butter sculpture since 2003.

The butter for the sculpture was sourced from O-At-Ka Milk Products in Batavia. It takes 1,954 gallons of milk to make 800 pounds of butter, or the equivalent of one day’s worth of milk from 287 cows, or 10 months of work from one cow.

“This 50th anniversary year of the butter sculpture is a great way to remind consumers that dairy is local and responsible producers by farmers who care about their cows,” said Bret Bossard, of Barbland Dairy in Fabius. “When consumers buy milk and dairy products, they are supporting the state’s economy, as well as the 4,400 dairy farm families that call New York home.”

New York is the third-leading producer of milk in the country, according to the American Dairy Association.

After the fair, the butter sculpture will be deconstructed and transported to Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County. There it will be recycled in a methane digester–along with food scraps and cow manure–to create electricity and liquid fertilizer for crops.

Full list of New York State Fair butter sculptures:

  • 1969: Cow Jumping Over the Moon (William Clements)
  • 1970: Dairy Princess and Butter Churn (William Clements)
  • 1971: Commissioner of Agriculture and Cow (William Clements)
  • 1972: Lifeguard and Girl (William Clements)
  • 1973: Dairy Princess Coronation (William Clements)
  • 1974: Carousel (William Clements)
  • 1975: Juggler (William Clements)
  • 1976: Little Miss Muffet (William Clements)
  • 1977: The Magic Cow (William Clements)
  • 1978: Kids on Skateboards (William Clements)
  • 1979: Disco Dancers (William Clements)
  • 1980: Milk Run Marathoners (William Clements)
  • 1981: The “Real” Seal (William Clements)
  • 1982: Dairy Do-Si-Do (William Clements)
  • 1983: The Fitness Cycle (William Clements)
  • 1984: Milk Bottle Centennial (William Clements)
  • 1985: Soccer Player (William Clements)
  • 1986: Darryl Strawberry (William Clements)
  • 1987: Tom Sawyer (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1988: Cow Jumping Over the Moon (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1989: Wizard of Oz (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1990: Original Fair Arch (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1991: Boy with Double Dip Cone (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1992: The Olympic Dream (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1993: Kids from Camp Good Days & Special Times (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1994: Pizza Tosser (Raymond Mackintosh)
  • 1995: Everybody Loves Milk & Cookies (Duke Epolito)
  • 1996: Everything’s Better With Butter (Sharon BuMann)
  • 1997: The Ultimate “got milk” Moment (Sharon BuMann)
  • 1998: Milk Memories (Sharon BuMann)
  • 1999: Midnight Snacking (Sharon BuMann)
  • 2000: Little Rascals (Sharon BuMann)
  • 2001: Milk Maid: Queen for a Day (Sharon BuMann)
  • 2002: The Pride of New York (Sharon BuMann)
  • 2003: Mixin’ It With Milk (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2004: Love for the Land (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2005: Milk, Moms and Morning (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2006: Healthy Goals (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2007: Dairy Farming Today (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2008: Cow Jumping Over the Moon (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2009: Cow Power (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2010: Dairyville 2020 (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2011: Feeding Our Future (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2012: New York Goes for the Gold with Greek Yogurt (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2013: Getting Fresh with Local Dairy (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2014: The Great American Milk Drive (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2015: Thanks for the Milk, Moo York! (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2016: Milk Life Celebrates The Success of Team USA and the Athletes of New York
  • State (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2017: Dairy Farmers’ Tribute to New York State Troopers (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)
  • 2018: Your Milk Comes From A Good Place (Jim Victor and Marie Pelton)

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