60 years of milkshakes highlight 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture

60 years of milkshakes commemorated in 1,000 pounds of butter

Berks dairy farmer helps unveil farm show butter sculpture

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Milkshakes and butter: Icons of the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show now combine for the annual sculpture.

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association unveiled this year's 1,000-pound butter sculpture, which commemorates 60 years of the milkshake's addition to the farm show.

The sculpture, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, takes its cue from the number one song in 1954, "Shake, Rattle and Roll." and features a family enjoying a delicious milkshake while watching a cow couple "shake."

"For 60 years, milkshakes have been part of the farm show tradition of celebrating Pennsylvania agriculture," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "What may seem like just a great drink in a plastic cup is a lot more – it's a representation of the state's 7,200 dairy farm families who grow Pennsylvania by driving the economy, creating jobs and supplying quality products to consumers."

"The Dairymen's milkshakes are a fun and delicious way for everyone to enjoy milk,"
said Lolly Lesher, a Berks County dairy farmer and president of the state Dairymen's Association. "Sculpting the milkshakes in butter joins together everyone's two favorite farm show traditions – the butter sculpture and a Farm Show milkshake."

At each year's farm show, the Dairymen's Association and the Valley Grange #1360 from Lewisberry, York Co., serve 140,000 milkshakes!

Proceeds from the shakes benefit scholarships, youth programs and agricultural education programs across Pennsylvania.

The butter sculpture was crafted by Jim Victor, of Conshohocken, Montgomery Co., who also creates sculptures out of chocolate and cheese.

At the end of the farm show, the butter, donated by Land O' Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., will be given to a Juniata County dairy farm. The butter will be put through a digester and converted to about 65 kilowatt hours of electricity to help operate the farm.

The farm show runs Jan. 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

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