HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture was unveiled Thursday. It’s a nod to the state’s professional sports teams.
This year’s sculpture features mascots Swoop of the Philadelphia Eagles, Gritty of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Steely McBeam of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re united at a tailgate to celebrate dairy farmers.
“The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the Super Bowl for Pennsylvania farmers,” Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said.
Fetterman hopes the sculpture inspires fans from across the state to come to the show and learn about agriculture.
“People that live in Philadelphia or in Pittsburgh or in other urban areas and hear about a Steely McBeam out of butter need to come check it out, and they would get to see where a lot of their food comes from,” Fetterman said.
The sculpture is carved from more than 1,000 pounds of butter, donated by the Land O’Lakes plant in Carlisle.
Sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Montgomery County spent 12 days building their creation in the refrigerated booth.
“This is the 19th sculpture that we’ve done,” Victor said.
“The butter sculpture brings so much joy and entertainment to all of the Pennsylvania Farm Show visitors and also it’s something that pays tribute to the hardworking dairy farmers,” Pelton said.
The sculpture is on display in the Farm Show’s Main Hall.
After the show, all that butter will go to a Juniata County farm to be converted into energy in a methane digester.
The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off Saturday and runs through Jan. 11.
The food court is open Friday from 12-9 p.m.
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