Butter Cow to be sculpted live the first two days of the Illinois State Fair
The butter cow has been a main
attraction at the Illinois State Fair since 1922, but
it has always been completed before fairgoers arrive
at the Dairy Building.
This year, however, sculptor Sharon BuMann of Central
Square, N.Y., intends to finish the famous cow live,
while it is rotating on a platform in its
refrigerated octagonal case.
BuMann began working on this year’s bovine Monday and
plans to finish the sculpture late Saturday evening.
“We’re hoping to have a record number of people out
here when I finish,” she said.
BuMann also announced there will be a few
surprises in this year’s sculpture, including some
The case that BuMann works in is 39 degrees. To stay
warm, she wears gear that makes it look as if she is
skiing. She also keeps herself entertained by
listening to Elvis music on her iPod.
Another unique feature of this year’s butter cow is
its inspiration. The cow is modeled after a real
grand champion dairy cow from Minnesota. Its name is
Charm and she will be ten years old in May. Charm’s
owner, Katelyn Orth, is working as an intern at the
Illinois State Fair this year for the Midwest Dairy
Association and says Charm has a great personality
and is very pampered.
“She has the first stall in the barn. Her whole
family is in there with her,” Katelyn said of her now
The Illinois State Fair has installed a web cam so
internet surfers can watch BuMann work. To watch the
Cow Cam, go to www.illinoisstatefair.info.