Thursday, January 7, 2016

1,000 Pound Butter Sculpture At Farm Show Will Be Turned Into Renewable Energy

A sculpture made from more than 1,000 pounds of butter and showcasing the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture exhibited throughout the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show was unveiled Thursday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
The sculpture, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, has been a staple of Pennsylvania’s Farm Shows since 1991.
This year’s sculpture pays tribute to the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show and the state’s agriculture industry.
It depicts the many commodities grown and produced within Pennsylvania with a blue rosette ribbon, while capturing a show enjoyed by all ages: an FFA member exhibiting her dairy cow, along with a 4-H member with his baby chicks, a lady and gentleman showing off their blue ribbon apples and pies, and a quilt and spinning wheel behind them. These features are surrounded by the words “100th PA Farm Show” as a blue and gold centerpiece.
“For the past 100 shows, the Pennsylvania Farm Show has provided an opportunity for exhibits to display the best of the state’s agriculture industry and for visitors to learn more about how their food goes from the farm to the shelf,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Whether you’re enjoying your first Farm Show milkshake, displaying your best sewing work, or exhibiting your prized animal, everyone has their own blue ribbon experience at the Farm Show.”
At the close of the show, the butter, which was donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County, will be given to a Juniata County dairy farm. The butter will be put through a methane digester, where it will be converted into renewable energy for the farm.
For more information, visit the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show website.  The Farm Show runs from January 9 to 16 in Harrisburg.

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