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Artists use 500 pounds of butter to fashion fair's Butter Cow

Artists use 500 pounds of butter to fashion fair's Butter Cow
Posted at 5:51 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 15:02:27-04

 (WLS/CNN) – It took 500 pounds of cream to mold a statue of the Butter Cow, the mascot of the 2017 Illinois State Fair.

The Butter Cow was unveiled on Wednesday.  It has been a mainstay at the Fair since the 1920s. 

The 2017 Butter Cow was created by artists Sarah and Andy Pratt, WLS said. It takes about two days to shape the attraction, the Fair's Butter Cow site said. 

"The Butter Cow is one of the most photographed and most visited attractions of the Illinois State Fair," Illinois Ag Director Raymond Poe told WLS. "For more than 90-years, fairgoers have looked forward to this buttery bovine creation. We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Midwest Dairy Association, which allows us to keep this long-standing tradition alive at the Illinois State Fair, and we cannot wait to see what they have in store for this year's sculpture."

The state fair in Springfield starts on Thursday and concludes Aug. 20.

For more on the Fair, visit the website. 

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