Illinois State Fair has its own butter cow exhibit

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The ever-popular butter cow will be unveiled by sculptor Sharon BuMann on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the Dairy Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Like last year, only a portion of the butter cow will be finished, allowing fairgoers a chance to watch BuMann complete her sculpture during the beginning of the 2012 Illinois State Fair.

Dairy Building Superintendent Marla Behrends will emcee the ceremony, where dairy refreshments will be served.

Following the butter cow unveiling will be a ribbon-cutting at the newly-designed Department of Agriculture Tent. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m.  The tent is located in the Gate 2 area of the fairgrounds.

The new Ag tent, sponsored by America’s Natural Gas Alliance, has been redesigned by Millikin University’s Scenic Design Department in Decatur. Representatives from both ANGA and the university will attend the ceremony.

Present at both ceremonies will be Acting Director of Agriculture Bob Flider, State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick and Illinois County Fair Queen Brittani Schisler.

The 2012 Illinois State Fair will run August 9-19.