State Fair unveils butter sculpture

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SYRACUSE — The 2021 butter sculpture, “Back to School, Sports, and Play… You’re Gonna Need Milk For That,”  sponsored by Wegmans and depicting how milk helps energize children’s return to “nearly normal” activities, was unveiled on Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds.

The sculpture was constructed over a 10-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pa., using more than 800 pounds of butter from O-AT-KA Milk Products in Western New York.

This is the 19th consecutive year Victor and Pelton have created the butter sculpture at the State Fair. After the fair, the sculpture will be deconstructed, with assistance from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, and transported to Noblehurst Farms in Linwood, where it will be recycled in a methane digester to create renewable energy.

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