SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Although the Great New York State Fair was canceled this year due to coronavirus, the American Dairy Association continued on with one of the fair’s annual traditions.
The butter sculpture was virtually unveiled on Sept. 1, following the theme ‘Nourishing Our Future.’
“It is so great that we were able to continue the longtime tradition of the Butter Sculpture and honor New York’s dairy industry in this special way,” said Richard A. Ball, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. “This year’s sculpture fittingly recognizes all of our food responders, from our dairy farmers to our school food workers, who work hard every day, despite these challenging times, to ensure that our students are being provided nutritious, healthy food.”
The sculpture shows a young boy at home learning virtually with his mother, while a dairy farmer – wearing a mask – hands her a gallon of milk.
The other side of the sculpture shows a student learning in school, receiving a lunch tray in the classroom.
It took 10 days for Pennsylvania artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton to build the sculpture, using more than 800 pounds of scrap butter. Both Victor and Pelton have worked together to create the annual sculpture for nearly two decades.
When the display is deconstructed, the butter will go to Noblehurst Farms in Linwood to be recycled and converted to renewable energy.