Bye Bye Giant Butter Sculpture. It’s Been a Blast.
The 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural expo in the country, wrapped up last week. It takes a ton of work to make the annual event in Harrisburg happen, but it also takes a lot of work to tear down afterwards, from dismantling the booths, getting the livestock ready to travel home, and cleaning up after 6,000 animals and hundreds of thousands of visitors. But perhaps the most unusual post-fair activity is the dismantling of the annual butter sculpture.
That’s no easy task as the sculpture, created by the husband and wife team of Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Penn., was made of more than 1,000 pounds of butter. It took a local 4-H club and other volunteers to dismantle the massive artwork. The butter, donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Penn., was taken to Reinford Farms, a family-run dairy operation in Juniata County, Penn., that uses a methane digester to help power the farm. The 2016 butter sculpture, another thousand-pounder that also went to the farm, helped generate energy for three days.
It seems fitting that this year’s sculpture is ending up a renewable energy source. The sculpture, sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East, was titled “A Culture of Stewardship” and highlighted farm conservation practices and featured a dairy farm, fields, trees, and a stream. It took ten days to create the sculpture, but only one to break down.
Here’s a time lapse video of the sculpture getting dismantled.
Here’s another video, but this time it’s a time lapse of the artists creating the sculpture.