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It’s here! See the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s butter sculpture

The Pennsylvania Farm Show unveiled its 2017 butter sculpture, titled, "A Culture of Stewardship," on Jan. 5. Pictured from left are Clinton County dairy farmer Jim Harbach, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Franklin County dairy farmer Vernon Hurst, and State Dairy Princess Halee Wasson of Centre County. - (Photo / Amy Spangler)

The 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show is preparing to kick off its week of agriculture-centric festivities, with its famed butter sculpture unveiling held this morning at the Farm Show complex’s main hall.

The sculpture, titled, “A Culture of Stewardship,” is a scene of a farm atop a hillside, surrounded by trees. State Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding said the sculpture is a tribute to environmental stewardship.

“Many people care about the health of our local waters – none more so than farmers, who rely on our land and water to grow the food that we enjoy,” Redding said in a news release. “Our farmers have long recognized the important link between healthy soils, sustainable farming practices, and the quality of our waterways. When we have healthy, viable farms, we have healthy, viable watersheds. You can’t have one without the other.”

The highly anticipated, creamy yellow work of art was unveiled around 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Farm Show broadcasting the event via Facebook Live.

Approximately 1,000 pounds of butter are used to whip up the tribute to the dairy industry, according to a press release.  A Land O’ Lakes plant in Carlisle donated the butter, which later will be take to a Juniata County dairy farm to be converted into renewable energy for the farm.

Watch the unveiling here. Video courtesy of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show food court opens to the public Friday from noon to 9 p.m. The show officially opens to the public on Saturday and runs through Jan. 14.  Click here for more information.

Nicole Chynoweth
Nicole Chynoweth is the web editor for Central Penn Business Journal. Email her at [email protected].

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