It’s an a-moo-zing sight to behold.
This year’s Ohio State Fair butter display honors the 50th anniversary of the legen-dairy first moon landing and Ohio’s own Neil Armstrong. The sculptures – featuring the whole Apollo 11 crew and the usual cow and calf– are made from more than 2,200 pounds of butter.
“Ohio also has a special connection to that day, as one of our own took the first-ever steps on the surface of the moon,” American Dairy Association Mideast spokeswoman Jenny Hubble said.
Hubble said the 50th anniversary is the “perfect time” to pay tribute to the historic event.
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The butter display includes a life-size sculpture of Neil Armstrong standing next to the lunar module Eagle and saluting the American flag after planting it on the moon’s surface.
The 2019 display also includes a butter sculpture of the entire spacecraft crew: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and the traditional butter cow and calf, a statement from American Dairy Association Mideast.
The annual butter display is presented at the Ohio State Fair by the American Dairy Association Mideast.
To make the display, five sculptures worked in a 46-degree cooler for about 400 of the 500 hours it took to complete the display.
“The sculptors begin by welding steel frames to support the weight of the butter. From 55-pound blocks, the butter is layered on the frames. After many hours of molding and smoothing the butter, each sculpture begins to take shape. Fine details are added last,” the group said.
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