(Harrisburg, Pa.) — January 2, 2020 – American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, revealed the recreation of three of the state’s most popular pro-sports mascots — Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam — all carved from 1,000 pounds of butter.
“East Meets West at the Pennsylvania Farm Show” is the theme for the 30th annual butter sculpture with mascots from the east and the west celebrating to remind us that every day is game day with Pennsylvania dairy products!
Dairy farmers Tim Kurtz, from Kurtland Farms in the east, and Marie Canon, from Canon Dairy Farm in the west, say, “The butter sculpture is a creative way to highlight the state’s dairy farm families, how hard they work and the nutritious product they produce for their communities.”
The sculpture was constructed over a 14-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, using more than 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County.
“Every year, the butter sculpture is a best kept secret, which keeps people interested and excited - and it makes it fun for us, too,” said Jim Victor. “We also enjoy knowing that we are helping to create sculptures that are entertaining, tell a story and pay tribute to the hard-working dairy farmers,” added Marie Pelton.
Also on hand to unveil the sculpture were Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and none other than Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop.
The butter sculpture is on display in the Farm Show’s Main Hall. Following the Farm Show, the butter will be moved to the Reinford Farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm’s methane digester.
Half a million people are expected to visit the butter sculpture at the Farm Show during its eight-day run from January 4-11.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.