Butter Cow Has Competition: Butter Menagerie

A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

Photograph by Gary Gardiner/Bloomberg

A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

Even better than the fried salad on a stick and funnel cakes on sale at the annual Iowa State Fair: The display of the legendary Butter Cow.

This year, the theme is “Field of Dreams” - honoring the 25th anniversary of the Kevin Costner film which lives on in the field of tourists at the Lansing Family Farm in Dyersville, Iowa.

The fair opens Aug. 7. And the Butter Cow will ride out the heat in a 40-degree cooler at the John Deere Agriculture Building.

Not to be outdone, the Ohio State Fair already underway with today’s opening features a Butter Menagerie, a whole barnyard of sculpted butter

“Also in butter are a cardinal, the state bird, balancing on a buckeye tree, and a buckeye with a grinning face dangling below it,” the Columbus Dispatch reports. “And then there are the butter versions of a ladybug, a black racer snake, a spotted salamander and a white-tailed deer, as well as a trilobite fossil, an arrow-head, a papaw and an Adena pipe.”

“All of the 15 sculptures relate to Ohio. Made of real butter and displayed in a refrigerated case at 46 degrees, they were unveiled yesterday at the Ohio Expo Center’s Dairy Building.”

Iowa’s cow is still cooler, at 40 degrees.

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