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Dairy West Opens 2019 Butter Cow Contest to Public


SALT LAKE CITY (July 15, 2019) — For the first time since the annual Utah Butter Cow was “born” in 1998, Dairy West is soliciting public input on the creation of the Utah State Fair butter cow sculpture.


Past butter cow creations have included cows skiing for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, cows rocking out like rock band KISS, cows jazzercising on hind legs, and cows honoring the wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate.


“Every year we create an entirely new art piece out of 700 lbs. of butter that matches the fair’s theme,” said Kristi Spence, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dairy West. “This year, we will combine the creative talent of our sculptors along with the selection of the best entry from the public.”


The public can submit entries July 15 – 31 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @dairywest that best depict this year’s Utah State Fair theme: “A Kinda Magic.”


“Through social media, anyone can submit an idea and vote on their favorite butter cow concept,” said Spence. “Once we tally results and consult with our team, we will announce the winner for the official 2019 Utah Butter Cow, and our sculptors will start the creation process.” The creator of the winning design will receive a gift basket of curated goodies related to the Utah State Fair and dairy.


Sculpting Utah’s butter cow takes two sculptors 40 hours each in a dairy cooler in the creative arts building at the Utah State Fairpark. Debbie Brown, who has sculpted every Utah butter cow since the beginning, has learned tricks to sculpting cow figures with a slippery butter in a cooler.


“The key is to envision the outcome, work fast and take regular breaks outside of the cooler to stay warm,” Brown said.


Her sculpting partner, Matt McNaughtan, an art teacher at Wasatch High School, agrees.


“We first have to design, engineer and weld a metal framework that bears the weight of 700 lbs. of butter,” said McNaughtan. “From there, we wrap the armature with chicken fencing and apply butter to make a creation that looks like what we envisioned.”


The Utah Butter Cow is one of the must-see exhibits at the Utah State Fair. Also catch Dairy West at the annual Ice Cream Festival, an all-you-can eat ice cream social featuring local Utah vendors. This year’s Ice Cream Festival will take place as part of the fair Monday, Sept. 9, from 3pm – 9pm.


For more information on entering the 2019 Utah Butter Cow contest, visit @dairywest on Twitter or Instagram, or visit Dairy West on Facebook.


About Dairy West
Dairy West is a regional dairy promotion organization established in 2017 to represent dairy farmers, processors and supply chain partners in Utah and Idaho. A Qualified Program regulated by the USDA National Dairy Promotion & Research Board, the 501(c)(6) organization raises awareness of the importance of dairy farming, promotes the health and nutritional benefits of dairy foods, and encourages global demand for Western U.S. dairy foods through coordinated marketing and communications efforts, nutrition counseling and research programs. Visit DairyWest.com for more details.

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