Butter Cow display

Work on the traditional butter cow display has begun in preparation for the Ohio State Fair in August.

COLUMBUS -- It’s time to have a cow. An “udder” masterpiece is taking shape at the 2019 Ohio State Fair -- and excitement is building around one of our region’s most “moo-ving” traditions.

This week, sculptors are beginning to mold the butter cow. They’ll start by building wooden and steel frames to hold the weight of the butter. Then, they’ll slice the butter and layer it to cover the frames. After hundreds of hours of molding and smoothing, the sculpture will come together in its final form.

The 2018 display celebrated the 35th anniversary of the classic holiday film, “A Christmas Story.” But this year’s theme, chosen by the American Dairy Association Mideast, remains a secret.

Click here to access multimedia from the 2018 butter cow display.

All material is available for free and unrestricted use with courtesy to the American Dairy Association Mideast.