Three of Pennsylvania’s most popular pro-sports mascots — Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop and Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam — all have been carved from 1,000 pounds of butter for the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year.
“East Meets West at the Pennsylvania Farm Show” is the theme for the 30th annual butter sculpture. The unveil was made Thursday. The show officially starts Saturday.
The sculpture was constructed over a 14-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, using more than 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle.
“Every year, the butter sculpture is a best-kept secret, which keeps people interested and excited — and it makes it fun for us, too,” Victor said.
“We also enjoy knowing that we are helping to create sculptures that are entertaining, tell a story and pay tribute to the hard-working dairy farmers,” Pelton said.
On hand to unveil the sculpture were Lt. Gov John Fetterman, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and Swoop.
The butter sculpture is on display in the Farm Show’s Main Hall. Following the farm show, the butter will be moved to the Reinford Farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm’s methane digester.
Half a million people are expected to visit the butter sculpture at the farm show during its eight-day run through Jan. 11.
A “quick” look at the butter sculpture’s creation.