COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State Fair is honoring the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship with this year’s butter sculpture.
The 2016 display features the traditional butter cow and calf with Cleveland Cavaliers mascots Moondog and Sir C.C. The trio stands next to a milk fat replica of the Larry O’Brien NBA championship trophy.
The American Dairy Association Mideast says the pieces represent the strength and determination of the team and all of its supporters. The display is made from 2,150 pounds of butter and took 500 hours to complete.
Sculptors created the display by building wooden and steel frames, slicing the butter into loaves and layering it on the frames. After hours of molding and smoothing, the sculpture is created.
The 2016 display was crafted by a group of four Ohio-based technical sculptors including lead sculptors Paul Brooke and Alex Balz of Cincinnati, Tammy Buerk of West Chester, Erin Swearingen of Columbus and Matt Davidson, a dairy farmer from Sidney.
A butter cow Snapchat filter will be available to fairgoers who want to send a butter cow snap to their friends.
Past butter cow themes have included the 2015 College Football champion Ohio State Buckeyes, state symbols and the the Columbus bicentennial.
The butter display is in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center, home of the Ohio State Fair. While there, fair visitors can also learn about how Ohio’s dairy farmers care for their cows, their land and their communities.
The Dairy Products Building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and offers a variety of Ohio-produced dairy foods including ice cream, milkshakes, cheese sandwiches and milk. The fair will run from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 7.