Ohio State Fair butter sculpture tells ‘A Christmas Story’: Video

July 24, 2018

Ohio State Fair butter sculpture tells ‘A Christmas Story’: Video

COLUMBUS, Ohio—You butter not shout, you butter not cry: a creamy, 2,200-pound tribute to “A Christmas Story” has been unwrapped at the Ohio State Fair.

This year’s butter cow sculpture, a state fair tradition, celebrates the 35th anniversary of the iconic holiday movie, which was partially filmed in Cleveland.

Sculptors took about 500 hours to portray some of the most memorable scenes from the film, including Ralphie in his bunny suit, Randy in his oversized snowsuit, and (of course) the famous leg lamp. The butter calf must have been triple-dog-dared, because her tongue – like the character Flick from the 1983 movie – is stuck to a frozen flagpole.

The exhibit will be on display at the fair’s Dairy Products Building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the fair, which starts Wednesday and runs through Aug. 5. About 500,000 people per year visit the display, which is presented by the American Dairy Association Mideast.

The first butter cow and calf were featured at the Ohio State Fair in 1903. Past themes have included high-school athletics, the Ohio State University’s championship football team, the Cleveland Cavaliers and a space shuttle. 

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