100 Cows Pay Tribute to Iowa State Fair Butter Cow
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Des Moines, IA
In honor of the Butter Cow’s 100th anniversary, Fairgoers will find 100 cows of all shapes and materials in various locations throughout the grounds during the Fair, set August 11-21.
More than 60 concrete cows painted by Iowans pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair Butter Cow. Fairgoers had the opportunity to display their creative talents, in professional or novice categories, and decorate a concrete cow in any way they chose. From paints to clothing to accessories, these concrete creations are covered from head to toe. The first place cow from each category will be announced on August 11 during opening ceremonies. For a printable map with a listing of all the concrete cow locations visit http://www.iowastatefair.org/fair-attractions/butter-cow/
Together We CAN will use thousands of cans of food to sculpt a larger-than-life replica of the Butter Cow, a milk carton, and a market hog set in a “field” of corn and soybeans. Following the Fair, all the canned goods in the exhibit will go to the food insecure throughout the state.
Created by Sandscapes, the Cultural Center will house a softer tribute to the Butter Cow made of sand. A flower bed near Little Hands on the Farm was artfully designed by Fair landscapers in the shape of the famous bovine.
Of course, the buttery birthday bovine will be on display in her 40 degree cooler in the Agriculture Building. The Butter Cow, as well as the companion sculptures, will be unveiled at the Fair’s August 11 opening ceremonies.
About the Iowa State Fair
“Nothing Compares” to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30thand East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.