HARRISBURG, Pa. – A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter was unveiled today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, paying tribute to Pennsylvania’s diverse agriculture industry.
Jim Victor of Montgomery County began crafting the sculpture in mid-December with butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Cumberland County.
The sculpture depicts several of the state’s commodities including milk and dairy products, grapes and wine, Christmas trees, fruits and vegetables.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show opens to the public on Jan. 5. This year’s theme is: “Made in PA. It makes a difference.’’
“This year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show will show how our farm families and thousands of agribusinesses provide an affordable food supply, keep money in local communities and create jobs,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig.
“Most milk consumed by Pennsylvanians is produced and processed within 100 miles of their grocery store,” said Harold Shaulis, Somerset County dairy producer and chair of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. “The butter sculpture provides us an opportunity to share our mission of producing healthy, nutritious dairy foods for our friends and neighbors to enjoy.”
At the close of the show, the butter will be given to a Juniata County dairy farm. It will be put through a digester and converted to about 65 kilowatt hours of electricity to help operate the farm.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, with 24 acres under one roof that feature nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
Note: Farm and Dairy reporters will be at the farm show Jan. 10 and 11.