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.
— Iowa State Fair (@IowaStateFair) July 22, 2014
Not to be outdone, the Ohio State Fair already underway with today’s opening features a Butter Menagerie, a whole barnyard of sculpted butter
Have you played the #ButterCowNameGame yet? Help us name the butter cow by tweeting what you think the cow should be named!
— Ohio State Fair (@OhioStateFair) July 21, 2014
“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.