Lancaster County dairy farmer Steve Harnish of Central Manor Dairy in Washington Boro, Pa., said, “The butter sculpture is a creative way to showcase the important role agriculture plays in our lives. Producing nutritious milk and dairy products, and feeding people, is what I love most about being a dairy farmer.”
“This sculpture could be my own family,” Harnish added. “This is a meaningful way to show how dairy farmers work with their loved ones on land where they have deep roots, but always farming for the future.”
The sculpture was constructed over several weeks by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pa., using more than 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Pa.
“Creating art that showcases the hard work of dairy farmers is an immense source of pride for us,” said Victor.
“We also enjoy knowing that the sculpture tells an impactful story about the importance of dairy farming,” added Pelton.
The butter sculpture is on display in the Farm Show Complex Main Hall. Following the show, the butter will be moved to the Reinford Farm in Mifflintown, Pa., 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 Pennsylvania Farm Show during its eight-day run from January 7-14.
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