American Dairy Association North East along with Wegmans Food Markets unveiled the 50th Annual Butter Sculpture at the New York State Fairgrounds today. “Your Milk Comes From A Good Place” pays tribute to the state’s hard-working dairy farmers.
To illustrate just how quickly milk gets from the farm to the store, this year’s sculpture features a farmer transporting milk directly from his dairy farm to a consumer in the grocery aisle—a symbolic reminder that “Your Milk Comes From A Good Place” within 48-hours. The farm’s name, ‘Over The Moon Dairy Farm,’ is a tribute to the inaugural 1969 Butter Sculpture, which originally depicted a “Cow Jumping Over The Moon.”
“This 50th Anniversary year of the Butter Sculpture is a great way to remind consumers that dairy is local and responsibly produced by farmers who care about their cows, their land and their communities,” said Bret Bossard of Barbland Dairy in Fabius, N.Y. “When consumers buy milk and dairy products, they are supporting the state’s economy -as well as the 4,400 dairy farm families and 600,000 dairy cows that call New York home. Milk comes from a good place—your local dairy farm.”
In New York State, 99 percent of dairy farms are family owned and operated, and the state ranks 3rd in the nation for milk production.
“Wegmans is proud to sponsor this year’s Butter Sculpture, which is such an integral part of the New York State Fair,” said Evelyn Ingram, Director of Community Relations at Wegmans Food Markets. “We are delighted to join this long-standing tradition.”
The 800-pound sculpture was fashioned over a 10-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Also attending today’s unveiling is Marsha Anderson Leonard, former 1969 New York State Dairy Princess. Leonard hailed from Chautauqua County and took part in the inaugural Butter Sculpture unveiling 50 years ago. “I was honored to serve as the New York State Dairy Princess in 1969,” she commented. “I’m thrilled to be here today to support our local dairy farmers. Our family farm continues to operate in Western New York.”