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2013 Butter Cow Salutes Another Fair Tradition

Ohio’s Dairy Farmers Salute the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - The 2013 butter display at the Ohio State Fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and pays tribute to its founder, Glenville D. Thomas.  

One Ohio State Fair tradition salutes another as the iconic butter cow and calf share their new display case with a heroic butter bust of Thomas and 60 choir members, sculpted in butter to represent the thousands of youth who were members of the choir throughout the last five decades.  The display also includes a piano and accompanist, all sculpted from butter.

The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was founded in 1963 by Thomas, a music educator from Zanesville, Ohio, to give high school vocalists the opportunity to share a musical experience similar to that of the All-Ohio State Fair Band.  Under the leadership of Thomas, the choir, which at one point boasted more than 300 members, served as an ambassador for the State of Ohio.  

After performing for hundreds of thousands of Ohio State Fair visitors each summer, Thomas led the choir in annual European singing tours and many national parades.  In 1975, the All-Ohio State Fair Youth choir marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade, making them the first known marching choir. The choir was asked to return in 1978, 1981, and 1988 for repeat performances.  

The group was also the first-ever choir to sing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1975 which included a pre-show performance atop the World Trade Center.   Thomas and the choir also performed at the New York World’s Fair, appeared on several national and local TV and radio programs, and sang for President Nixon at the White House.  

Thomas’ passion for music coupled with his energetic personality made an impact on the lives he touched.  He instilled confidence in the more than 8,000 students he directed, creating many lifelong friendships and memories among them.  

Today, the choir consists of 200 youth from most of Ohio’s 88 counties and performs several times a day throughout the Ohio State Fair.

The display’s theme, which is always the best kept secret at the Ohio State Fair, was unveiled today at noon.  The 2013 butter sculptures share the cooler with the life-size butter cow and calf.  Historically, the cow looks the same from year to year, but the 2013 cow is milking this experience for all it’s worth.  

For the first time decades, she has moo-ved into a bigger and better home inside the Dairy Products Building. The new, energy-efficient cooler is 36 feet long by 11 feet wide, and also houses Ohio’s Blue Ribbon Cheeses from the Ohio State Fair cheese contest. The refrigerated display case is now located along the south side of the building, creating more space for fair visitors to move throughout the Dairy Products Building.

On behalf of Ohio’s dairy farmers, the American Dairy Association Mideast commissions a group of three Cincinnati-based technical sculptors engaged primarily in the toy industry to create the butter masterpiece.  This year, the trio enlisted the help of three other artists, including a dairy farmer from Shelby County and two interns from Ohio State.  Crafted from approximately 2,000 pounds of butter, donated in part by Dairy Farmers of America, the display was completed in 543 hours, which includes 378 hours of actual sculpting.

The sculptors began by building wooden and steel frames to support the weight of the butter. From 55-pound blocks, the butter is sliced into manageable loaves and is layered to cover the frames. After many hours of molding and smoothing the butter in a 46-degree cooler, each sculpture begins to take shape. Fine details are added last.

Each year, the American Dairy Association Mideast selects an icon or theme to feature in butter that is non-political, non-controversial and reflects optimism and broad audience-appeal.

The butter display at the Ohio State Fair attracts more than 500,000 visitors each summer and has reflected positive ideals and cultural trends in Ohio for more than 50 years, with several exhibits gaining national media attention with themes that have universal appeal. The butter display can be found in the newly updated Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center, home of the Ohio State Fair. The Dairy Products Building is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and offers a variety of Ohio-produced dairy foods including ice cream, traditional milkshakes, cheese sandwiches and milk.

The butter sculpture display and the Dairy Products Building are sponsored by the American Dairy Association Mideast, Ohio’s dairy-farmer funded marketing and promotion program. 

 

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2013 Fact Sheet

 

Press Release

 

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Bob Kling

 

Girrard Stewart

 

Jenny Hubble

 

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Sculpting

 

Finished Display

 

All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir

 

Dairy Building Feature Video



 

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Finished Display
The 2013 butter sculpture display, created by the American Dairy Association Mideast, represents the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir
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2013 Butter Cow and Calf
The 2013 Butter Cow and Calf spend their time at the Ohio State Fair in a 46 degree cooler. The American Dairy Association Mideast creates a theme to go along with these sculptures every year.
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Pianist
A pianist playing music for the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir is depicted in butter. The American Dairy Association Mideast picked this theme to celebrate the choir`s 50th anniversary.
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Butter display honors All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir
A bust made out of butter honors the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir founder and directer Glenville Thomas. The American Dairy Association Mideast chose this theme to celebrate the thousands of Ohio students who have sung with the choir since 1963.
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All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir
Choir members of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir are featured as part of the 2013 butter sculpture display at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.
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All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir founder Glenville Thomas
The founder of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth choir, Glenville Thomas, is featured as part of the 2013 butter sculpture display at the Ohio State Fair. The butter sculpture is on display at the Dairy Products Building at the fairgrounds in Columbus.
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All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir Founder Glenville Thomas
Glenville Thomas founded the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir in 1963. The choir gave high school vocalists the opportunity to share a musical experience similar to the All-Ohio State Fair band.
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Sculptor works on butter cow
Bob Kling, lead sculptor for the American Dairy Association Mideast`s butter cow, works hundreds of hours each year to plan and sculpt the butter cow and calf. He spends days shaping, molding and sculpting in the 46 degree cooler at the Dairy Products Building, located at the Ohio State Fair.
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Butter Cow`s new home
In 2013 the American Dairy Association Mideast`s Butter Cow has a new cooler to chill in at the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center, located at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus.
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Members of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir pose at the fair
An early photo of the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir shows members posing in uniform. The choir is represented by most of Ohio`s 88 counties.
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All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir at the 1974 Ohio State Fair
Members of 1974 All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir performed at the Ohio State Fair.
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All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir Performs
The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir served as an ambassador for the state of Ohio, performing at the fair each year and other performances around the state.
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All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir performs at White House
The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir performed for President Richard Nixon at the White House.
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Sculptors create the butter cow
The American Dairy Association Mideast selected Glenville D Thomas, the founder of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir to be represented in butter at the state fair. The butter sculpture joins the butter cow and butter calf, which are staples each year at the Ohio State Fair.
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Sculptor works on choir sculpture
A sculptor works on the butter sculpture inside the cooler at the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio State Fair. The American Dairy Association Mideast selects an icon or theme to feature in butter each year in addition to the Butter Cow.
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Sculptors carve out butter
Sculptors working on the butter display at the Ohio State Fair carve out faces to represent members of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.
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