|Longtime Fair butter sculptor "Duffy" |
with her second solo butter cow.
affectionately known as “The Butter Cow Lady,”
passed away in June, but her memory
will be honored at this year’s Fair.
Since the Fair’s first butter sculpture in 1911, the Butter Cow has been a beloved Fair must-see for Iowans and Fairgoers from around the world. The Butter Cow is constructed from wood, metal, wire, steel mesh, and, of course, butter – six hundred pounds of low moisture, pure Iowa cream butter. That’s enough butter to cover 19,200 slices of your morning toast!
You won’t want to miss this buttery celebration, so check out these highlights to join the birthday fun:
• Opening Ceremonies
8:30 a.m. Aug. 11 – John Deere Agriculture Building
The Fair will kick off with a birthday salute to the Butter Cow. Join us for the grand unveiling of the Butter Cow and companion sculpture and savor some cake (for the first 1000 Fairgoers) at this birthday bash for an Iowa icon.
• KRNT “Butter” Cow Chip Throwing
11 a.m. Aug. 17 – Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall
Cow chip throwing is a popular tradition at the Fair. Watch this year as contestants fling yellow chips, a new twist in honor of the Butter Cow. Or pick up a chip yourself and join the fun! Registration begins 30-60 minutes prior to the contest.
• Battle of the Butter Sculpting brought to you by AMPI
4 p.m. daily – Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi
The search for the best butter sculptor is on! Watch teams compete to create a butter masterpiece from 55 lbs. of butter. Teams will have 30 minutes to sculpt their work of art before a winner is selected to be displayed next to the world famous Butter Cow.
|Sarah Pratt, the Fair’s official |
butter sculptor since 2006,
pictured with her first solo butter cow.
• Butter Cow Art
The Fairgrounds will be filled with art that pays tribute to the Butter Cow. Try to see all of the 60 concrete cows painted by Iowans to celebrate the Butter Cow, and don’t miss Butter Cow-inspired chainsaw carvings, sand sculptures, and flower beds. Be sure to check out the Fair’s first ever Together We CAN exhibit featuring a larger-than-life replica of the Butter Cow sculpted entirely from cans, located in the Varied Industries Building.
Check out our website for more info. Plan your day with our online daily schedule. Or check out the Grandstand and Free Stage lineups!
This year it’s easier than ever to visit the Butter Cow and the Fair with new print-at-home tickets. You can also buy your tickets at Hy-Vee and Hy-Vee Drugstores, Fareway Stores, Dahl’s Food Stores and the State Fair Ticket Office. Advanced admission tickets are available at up to a 30% discount at $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-11. Children ages 5 and under are always admitted free.
Lisa Brus, Iowa State Fair