2016 Ohio State Fair butter sculptures pay moo-ving tribute to our NBA Champs

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At this year`s Ohio State Fair, the American Dairy Association Mideast pays tribute to the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers. In June, the team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship. (Photo courtesy: American Dairy Association Mideast)

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COLUMBUS, OHIO -  It's like "buttah..." Actually, it's not like butter. It is butter. As in the famed Ohio State Fair butter sculptures. Every year, fair-goers get to see the butter cow and butter calf at the fair.

But this is 2016.....and there is an NBA Championship team in the state. And so tradition must soften a little to include The Cleveland Cavaliers mascots Sir C.C., Moondog and of course, the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

The American Dairy Association Mideast puts on the creamy exhibit and is responsible for crafting the sculptures.  Each year, in addition to the calf and the cow, they choose a different icon to highlight a theme of optimism. And what better way to churn up some optimism than to pay tribute to a team that came back from a 3-1 deficit to take the trophy?

In case you are wondering, it took 2,150 pounds of butter to create the sculptures. Four Ohio sculptors spent about 500 hours building the frames and then spreading, molding and smoothing the butter onto the wood and wire frames. The fine details are added in last with, we're guessing, a butter knife.

Over half-a-million fair visitors visit the display every year. This year, there's a new Snapchat "butter cow filter" for anyone who wants to take selfies with the sculptures and milk them for all they are worth. (Credit, or blame, goes to the Dairy Association for that last pun.)

If you are heading to the fair, you can find the sculptures in the Dairy Products Building daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The 2016 fair runs from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, August 7.

 

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