The public has finally gotten their first look at this year’s Pa. Farm Show butter sculpture.
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman was present for the reveal of the new sculpture, which was revealed at 11 a.m. on Jan. 2. Dubbed “East Meets West at the Pennsylvania Farm Show,” the sculpture depicts three Pa. team mascots — the Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop and and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam “united at a tailgate celebration through dairy.”
The sculpture was created by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken over a 14 day period. The duo are veteran butter sculptors, and have crafted the Farm Show’s butter sculptor since 2008.
The work was created from 1,000 pounds of scrap butter, donated by Land O’Lakes in Carlisle. Following the end of the Farm Show, the butter from the sculpture will be recycled into energy via a methane digester at Reinford Farms in Juniata County.
The butter sculpture unveiling marks the unofficial start of the Farm Show. The eight-day event runs Jan. 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. For those who want a jumpstart on food, the food court will open a day early on Jan. 3 from noon to 9 p.m.