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PA Farm Show butter sculpture unveiled, honors Farm Show milkshakes

Updated: Thursday, January 2 2014, 06:25 PM CST
Reported by: Donna Kirker Morgan

HARRISBURG -- The farm show finally did it. They made cows dance. The cows dance, at least, in this year’s butter sculpture which is a tribute to another Farm Show tradition -- the delicious Farm Show milkshake.

The 24th Butter Sculpture at the Farm Show was unveiled this morning to a crowd that included Pennsylvania dignitaries, along with people who just like looking at what 1,000 pounds of butter can be molded, scraped, and cut into.

This year’s sculpture has a buttery banner that reads “Still Shakin’” which refers to the 60th anniversary of the Farm Show Milk Shake.

“As everyone can't leave the farm show without seeing the butter sculpture, everyone has to also have a milkshake,” said Laura England with the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.

The sculpture’s creator said he wanted to put movement in this 24th Butter Sculpture to represent the milkshake.

“We figured, how do you make a milkshake?,” Jim Victor said.  “A  cow has to do some dancing.”

Victor spent more than two weeks in a specially designed, refrigerated, showcase to mold and craft 1,000 pounds of butter into a tribute to the milkshake, and he discovered butter cows really do shake, rattle, and roll.

But even before the butter is put into place, steel forms are created in his art studio in Conshohocken.

“I did have some difficulty. For instance, the cows you may notice they are up on one leg, which mean a lot of shaking going on when doing it and it’s hard to do when it won't stay still,” he said.

Besides the dancing cows, the sculpture includes a mother and child enjoying a milkshake served up by an ice cream man.

However, we learned today that it’s members of the Lewisberry Valley Grange #1360 that has been doing the real work to serve more than 140,000 milkshakes over the past 60 years. Although the idea of the milkshake was created by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.  

As part of the unveiling, three Valley Grange volunteers who have been behind the booth for all those years were introduced to the public. Betty Yinger, Janet Eppley, and Fay Snyder say they love this event every year and are happy to be a part of a farm show tradition.

This year video monitors will also be on display at the butter sculpture to show the long process it takes to put this creation under the roof of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The Butter Sculpture also got its own Facebook page this year as well.

PA Farm Show butter sculpture unveiled, honors Farm Show milkshakes

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