Every year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off with the reveal of a sculpture made from butter. This year will be no different.
But while the medium remains the same, the subject matter varies each year. Thus far, we’ve seen the Liberty Bell and Benjamin Franklin, Milton Hershey, and many an ode to the Pennsylvania farmer. But it’s long past time for the Pennsylvania butter sculpture to represent new and vital voices in Pennsylvania history. Especially the silly ones.
As we gear up for welcoming the Farm Show back into Harrisburg, we thought we’d share a few suggestions for future butter sculptures, to
Number one with a bullet is the Philadelphia Phillies’ bizarre new mascot. He’s already been made into a cheese sculpture. It is unavoidable. It is our destiny.
Actor and rapper Will Smith has made a lot of movies, but he will always be The Fresh Prince to many of us. And that’s how I’d like the Philly native to be remembered in butter.
Three Mile Island
While the nuclear power plant may be shut down, the image of the cooling towers will likely remain along the Susquehanna for some time to come. And since the butter sculpture is donated to provide energy following the Farm Show, it’s only fitting.
She grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, you know. I don’t know if that farm made butter or not, but it still counts as Pennsylvania agriculture.
A giant steel girder
One of Pennsylvania’s biggest industries honoring another, in the form of a girder crafted by US Steel. Bonus: it would be very easy to sculpt!
A marshmallow Peep
The signature confection of Bethlehem-based Just Born also resembled a farm animal. Plus, the butter is already yellow.
Pennsylvania State Capitol
The famously beautiful capitol building, christened “a palace of the arts” by Theodore Roosevelt, is basically begging for a butter sculpture treatment.
And speaking of art, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous building deserved to be rendered in the Farm Show’s most famous food-based artwork.
A Primanti Bros sandwich
We would also accept a Tastykake krimpet, a bag of Middleswarth chips, or even a bottle of Yuengling lager.
Steelers and Eagles helmets
We can’t choose between our state’s two NFL teams, so why bother trying? Throw them both on there.
An Amish buggy
It’s hard to think of Pennsylvania agriculture without thinking about the Amish.
Tractor square dance
A Farm Show staple! And far more appetizing than cow patty bingo.
If they aren’t giving us the real thing this year, at least give us a facsimile in butter form.
Another iconic Pennsylvania food item, the ketchup made by Heinz rivals the Hershey brand for international recognition. And it’s hard to make ketchup without tomatoes, so that definitely ties in the agricultural industry.
Specifically, I’d like to see a butter sculpture of Fred Rogers as he is depicted in his own sculpture at his memorial in Pittsburgh.
Signing of the Declaration
Sure, Independence Hall would be neat. But I’d much prefer a relief done in the style of John Trumbull’s painting of “The Declaration of Independence.” Rendering all of the Founding Fathers in butter is the only way to truly honor their accomplishments.
The breaking of the Harrisburg walking bridge
One historic institution of Harrisburg commemorating another, in its last moments: the Walnut Street Bridge’s collapse has made from City Island to the Susquehanna River’s west shore a bit more complicated. But we’ll never forget those halcyon days, or the tragic winter that took the bridge from us.
Butter sculpture of the butter sculptors
At this point, sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton are as much of a Farm Show institution as Sheep to Shawl or milkshakes. I say we’re ready for a self-portrait of the two working on one of their many food-based sculptures.
What would you like to see?
Have a suggestion for a butter sculpture you’d like to see at next year’s Farm Show? Share it with us in the comments section!