The Iowa state fair is celebrating its 100th year of its butter cow, something they've become known for and other fairs just can't quite match!
Other states with butter cows include Illinois, Kansas, New York and Utah, while the Wisconsin and Indiana state fairs feature mammoth cheese carvings.
But it's Iowa where the rich history was born, confirmed Gary Welling, head of the pastry program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.
There, sculptor Sarah Pratt works in a cooler where the air lingers in the low 40s, applying 600 pounds of butter over a metal, wood and wire frame to create a slick and fatty cow that's 5-feet tall and about 8-feet long.
Some keep them in coolers for years, taking them out only for their wedding, where guests are invited to spread the artwork on bread or eat it in some other fashion. Others have used the butter to bake cookies for charity, or as Miron plans to do later this month, melt it on corn at a hometown corn feed.
Sounds like it takes a lot of time, patience, talent, and sweaters to make one of those!
Though, we're not quite sure if butter (even not in sculpture form) will exactly last "years" until you bust it out for your wedding! Sounds like an easy way to get to sick to us!
But using it to bake cookies sounds DELISH!
[Image via AP Images.]