The annual butter sculpture, featuring Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sports team mascots, was unveiled Thursday with help from dairy farmers and ADA North East board members, Marie Canon from West Middlesex, Mercer County, in western Pennsylvania, and Tim Kurtz from Elverson, Berks County, in eastern Pennsylvania.
The sculpture features Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam united at a tailgate celebration featuring dairy snacks like milkshakes, cheeseburgers, pizza and cheese. The theme encourages all Pennsylvanians to be a fan of Pennsylvania dairy and give a cheer to the more than 6,200 dairy farmers in the Commonwealth.
Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Montgomery County, carved the work of art from 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’Lakes.
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Paige Peiffer also participated in the unveiling.
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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.