The Butter Cow: A Celebration of Ohio Dairy
The Ohio State Fair Butter Cow, a cherished tradition since 1903, invites fairgoers to stop and think about where their butter comes from.
This year’s butter sculpture celebrates the 50th anniversary of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, while honoring Glenville D. Thomas, the founder of the choir, who died in 1991. In addition to the traditional butter cow and calf, the sculpture features the 60-member choir, a piano and accompanist, and director Thomas— all carved out of 2,000 pounds of butter!
The sculpture, sponsored by The American Dairy Association Mideast, was unveiled in a celebratory ceremony last Tuesday. Alumni of the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir performed classic songs such as Build Me Up Buttercup and Glory Hallelujah, while onlookers enjoyed milkshakes made from Ohio ice cream manufacturers.
The Butter Cow is an important symbol for all of us at The Ohio Department of Agriculture who care deeply about the safety and prosperity of Ohio’s dairy industry. Our inspectors at the Ohio Department of Agriculture are responsible for inspecting the production of all 124 dairy plants and 2925 dairy farms throughout the state of Ohio.
What are some of your favorite butter cow sculptures from past years?\