Illinois State Fair Butter Cow on Display


Published on August 11 2014 6:40 am
Last Updated on August 11 2014 6:45 am
Written by Greg Sapp

This year's Illinois State Fair butter cow is on display in the Dairy Building.

The massive sculpture, which is made of 850 pounds of unsalted butter, was created by Sharon BuMann of Central Square, New York and inspired by the fair's 2014 theme of "Making Memories".  It depicts a doting mother taking a photo of her young son, who is milking a cow at the State Fair for the first time.

The sculpture also includes many "hidden" creatures that fairgoers are challenged to find, such as butterflies, horse flies, a cat and gnomes.

The Illinois State Fair website has a butter cow cam. Fans of the famous bovine can follow this link ( to catch a glimpse of her.

The butter cow exhibit is a project of the Midwest Dairy Association and paid for by its local farmer members. The Dairy Building is open daily from 9am to 9pm. There is no charge for admission.