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The Butter Cow is Back at the Illinois State Fair
The Butter Cow is Back at the Illinois State Fair

The moment is finally here. The butter cow has been unveiled at the Illinois State Fair.

The tradition has been around for 90 years. The sculptor for 2013 is a familiar face. Sharon BuMann has been butter sculpting for ten years. She said “slinging butter” is an interesting process.

” It’s slippery and it’s cold, so let’s start there. You just have to dress for the occasion, so to speak, and you have to get used to the way the material handles. But I treat it like I’m almost working with clay.”

Bob Flider, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture was there to admire the cow as well.

“So much a part of the Illinois State Fair and so much a part of agriculture. I think one of the main reasons (people) come to the fair is for the butter cow.”

It isn’t a finished product. BuMann said the cow will continue to take shape over the next week while she continues to sculpt the butter. You can find the butter cow in the dairy building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

BuMann’s progress also can be monitored on a web cam available at the fair’s
website, www.illinoisstatefair.info, or by pasting the following link into a web
browser:  http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/webcam.htm.