GEDDES, N.Y. — The Great New York State Fair is just eight days away and the American Dairy Association North East Butter Sculpture is making a return for its 54th year.
Construction is already underway for this year's masterpiece.
More than 800 pounds of butter arrived at the NYS Fairgrounds this week. There's a lot more to the sculpture than just butter.
"There are the armatures underneath that hold the butter up. The butter will not hold itself up," says sculptor Jim Victor.
Butter sculptor Marie Pelton refers to the sculpture as "iconic" and emphasizes that this is an "exciting time" of year for sculptors.
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She adds that no matter what the sculpture is, the masterpiece is "always dedicated to hard-working farmers in the state of New York."
Victor and Pelton have been building the butter sculpture at the Fair for 20 years now.
Just like in previous years, the butter comes from Batavia, N.Y.
After the Fair is over, the butter will be sent to Noblehurst Farms, so it does not go to waste. The butter is sent through a digester and turned into renewable energy.
As always, the sculpture's theme remains a secret. The theme will be revealed Tuesday, August 23rd, which is the day before the Fair.
Tickets for the 2022 Great New York State Fair can be purchased HERE.