TURNING INTO ENERGY — This year’s State Fair butter sculpture, shown with the 1969 New York State Dairy Princess Marsha Anderson Leonard at its unveiling on Aug. 21, won’t go to waste, officials said, adding the sculpture will be recycled to produce energy in a methane digester. (Clinton Record File Photo)

State Fair butter sculpture to be recycled

Published Sep 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

SYRACUSE — The Butter Sculpture at the New York State Fair is coming down, but it isn’t going to waste.

American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and Noblehurst Farms, dismantled the 800-pound sculpture Tuesday at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Ultimately, the inedible butter will make its way to Noblehurst Farms in Linwood (Livingston County) where it will be recycled in the farm’s methane digester and converted into renewable energy to power the dairy farm and produce liquid fertilizer for crops.

Noblehurst Farms has been recognized for achievements in sustainability and community partnerships to divert food waste from local landfills.

This year’s 50th Annual Butter Sculpture, “Your Milk Comes From A Good Place,” paid tribute to the state’s hard-working dairy farmers.