2016 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow viewed from above

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As I was walking around corner to start recording the 2016 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow – I overhear a man complaining. He made comments in regards to type of cow being presented and how this display lacks some features of previous years.

Sharon BuMann sculpted the Illinois State Fair butter cow for many years. She always included other visual items along with cow center piece. Sharon BuMann retired and Illinois has a new artist.

I could see how some fairgoers might see this years butter cow as a bit basic compared to past sculptures. Each Sculptor will have their own style. It may take a few years for viewers to adjust to this new artist rendition.

Sarah Pratt of West Des Moines, Iowa, and her husband, Andy created this year’s butter cow.

Sarah Pratt was apprentice of Norma “Duffy” Lyon, known as The Butter Cow Lady.

Illinois Agriculture Director Raymond Poe “said he doesn’t think fair-goers will notice the switch.”

He was definitely wrong – people made comments in regards to change.

If I had noticed hashtag use in sculpture I would have definitely considered not recording it. I won’t go into my hashtag rant right now – but very tacky – no matter what some “online or marketing expert” told you.

Recorded Saturday August 13 2016.

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