If ever a person doubted the age old adage “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” all they need do is take a look at this year’s butter cow at the Missouri State Fair for an answer to the question.
Standing in a pasture of butter grass and looking quite content, this year’s bovine butter beauty is ready to greet and delight young and old who visit the Gerken Diary Center at the fair, according to Stacy Dohle, senior communications manager for Midwest Dairy.
“Although she doesn’t have an actual name this year, she seems pretty happy trying to get that one little piece of grass on the other side of the fence,” Dohle said Monday with a smile. “This is Tracy’s (Adams) second year of creating our cow and I think she did an outstanding job.
“I know last year she was a little nervous because it was her first time but she took on the challenge,” Dohle added. “She was more comfortable this year and I hope she continues to sculpt them for many years to come.”
Adams, a potter from Reeds Springs, developed the concept for last year’s “Bessie and the Bee” and this year’s version as well.
“Tracy sends me two or three sketches each year,” Dohle explained. “I take them to my board and we decide from them.
“She’s the creative one who comes up with all the ideas,” she added. “She started sculpting on a Sunday and she spent four long days working on it.”
The pastoral scene and cow are made from more than 700 pounds of unsalted butter, which is in its second year of use.
“We always try to get three years of use out of the butter,” Dohle said. “We packed it tight last year so we will probably get one more year out of it.
“I think we stored it (in five-gallon buckets) better this year,” she added. “She still looks good.”
This year’s cow is may be one of the only changes visitors will see at the Gerken Dairy Center, according to Dohle.
“We have the same great people here to serve our customers,” Dohle said. “And we have the same great flavors as last year, including one that was very popular — ‘Elvis’ Favorite,’ a combination of peanut butter and banana ice cream.
“We want to encourage everyone to come out and sit down and relax at the dairy center,” Dohle added. “Just come and enjoy the ice cream and a grilled cheese and the fair.”
The Gerken Dairy Center is open from 8 am to 8 p.m. throughout the 11-day run of the Missouri State Fair, which begins Thursday.