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Butter sculpture honors Farm Show milkshakes

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 3, 2014 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A half-ton of sculpted butter has been unveiled in Harrisburg, heralding the start of the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show, and 1,000 pounds of churned milk never looked so good.

This year's butter sculpture is an ode to the 60th anniversary of the famed Farm Show milkshake.

It features a family enjoying a shake, while a pair of pair of dairy cows shake, rattle and roll on the dance floor -- circa 1954.

Sculptor Jim Victor and his wife Marie Pelton have been working with the butter since mid-December.

Pelton says temperature is the most important variable when molding a half-ton of butter into a work of art.

"We work with it at about 55 - 60 degrees when we're in the booth," she says. "We want it soft enough so we can put it on the armature."

The temperature inside the butter sculpture's display case will now be kept at a cool 45 degrees throughout the eight day Farm Show.

Once the show's over, the butter will be donated to a Juniata County dairy farm, where it will be converted into about 65 kilowatt hours of electricity.

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