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August 8, 2013


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The iconic Butter Cow, an Illinois State Fair tradition for more than 90 years, is now under construction, Sculptor Sharon BuMann revealed today. 

During a press conference in the Dairy Building on Preview Day, the unofficial start of the fair, BuMann gave the public its first glimpse of this year's rendition of the famous bovine.  She began work on the sculpture just two days ago and will allow curious visitors to watch her complete it during the first few days of the fair. 

"Everyone is always so amazed that I can take something edible, like butter, and turn it into a work of art," she said.

This year's butter cow was inspired by a scene that BuMann witnessed in her home state of New York on a drive home.  She saw a cow standing in a puddle and when the cow turned its head there was a small bird sitting right on its nose.

"It was so unique, I just wanted to capture the moment," BuMann said.  "I like to have a sub-plot to all of my sculptures, and this made for a great start to a story."

The sculpture is scheduled to be finished early next week.  BuMann's progress also can be monitored on a web cam available at the fair's website,, or by pasting the following link into a web browser:

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