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See the Butter Cow at the Illinois State Fair

By Kevin Robinson in News on Aug 18, 2010 2:20PM

Growing up here, I never even though of going to the state fair. It's just not something that's ever been on my radar. As I got older and started to pay more attention to the politics of the state, I came to realize that the state fair is something that's pretty important to Illinois, especially those that don't live in or around places like Chicago. Rich Miller at Capitol Fax attends the state fair every year. This year, he shot a short video of the butter cow, and I have to say, it makes me want to make the journey downstate.

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the butter cow has been "an unofficial icon of the fair since the 1920's." Made of 800 pounds of unsalted butter, this year's sculpture was created by Sharon BuMann. And if you can't make it down to Springfield to see the butter cow, you can check out all the action online, thanks to the state's online Cowcam.