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

Gritty

A Very Philly Christmas at Lemon Hill Mansion

The Fairmount Park Historic Houses are getting in the mood for the holiday season with “A Very Philly Christmas.” Each of the five homes has been decorated for the occasion. Lemon Hill (pictured) will have an ice bar on select days and a sculpture of Flyers’ mascot Gritty made entirely of Cabot Cheese on display on Dec. 2. Julia Hatmaker | jhatmaker@pennlive.com

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.

Will Smith

Gemini Man

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US actor and cast member Will Smith arrives to the promotional event for the movie Gemini Man in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP) AP

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

Three Mile Island's last day of energy production

Dan Gleiter | For pennlive.com

Three Mile Island nuclear power station winds down Sept. 20, 2019.

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.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Taylor Swift performs during the first of two sold out Met Life Stadium shows in East Rutherford. Swift is currently touring for her 2014 album release titled “1989” which has sold 5 million copies in the United States. East Rutherford, N.J. July 10, 2015.

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

Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway construction

The first girders are put into place on bridge piers for the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project (CSVT) bridge across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Union Township, Union County, February 20, 2018.

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

PEEPSFEST® welcomes the New Year

PEEPSFEST®, a two-day celebration, welcomes the new year with the rising and dropping of a large, illuminated PEEPS® Chick and many fun activities.

The signature confection of Bethlehem-based Just Born also resembled a farm animal. Plus, the butter is already yellow.

Pennsylvania State Capitol

Pennsylvania capitol

AP File Photo

The America flag flies Jan. 15, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg.

The famously beautiful capitol building, christened “a palace of the arts” by Theodore Roosevelt, is basically begging for a butter sculpture treatment.

Fallingwater

Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Mill Run, Fayette County.

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

Primanti Brothers opens at Capital City Mall

Primanti Brothers opens at Capital City Mall on June 19, 2019 Joe Hermitt | jhermitt@pennlive.com

We would also accept a Tastykake krimpet, a bag of Middleswarth chips, or even a bottle of Yuengling lager.

Steelers and Eagles helmets

Rashard Davis

Tim Hawk | For NJ.com

Eagles WR Rashard Davis (19) runs after catching a pass vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter of a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Tim Hawk | For NJ.com

We can’t choose between our state’s two NFL teams, so why bother trying? Throw them both on there.

An Amish buggy

AMISH

The Washington Post

An Amish buggy in Mechanicsville, Md., where some Amish and Mennonite families from Lancaster, Pa., moved in the 1930s. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson.

It’s hard to think of Pennsylvania agriculture without thinking about the Amish.

Tractor square dance

Pa. Farm Show Day 7

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The tractor square dance in the New Holland Large Arena. Day 7 at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show, January 12, 2018. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com HAR

A Farm Show staple! And far more appetizing than cow patty bingo.

Duckling slide

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CI 0112 The duck slide is a very popular attraction for hundreds of young children and adults alike as the one week old ducklings try to get some food, and slide into a pool of water. MICHAEL FERNANDEZ PN

If they aren’t giving us the real thing this year, at least give us a facsimile in butter form.

Heinz Ketchup

The Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh

The H. J. Heinz Company started out in 1869 near Pittsburgh as a manufacturer of horseradish. It later expanded into pickles baked beans and ketchup, which it became famous for. The company merged with Kraft in 2015, making it the fifth largest food company in the world. A permanent exhibit at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh tells the company’s story. The museum also has exhibits on Mister Rogers and general Pittsburg history. Julia Hatmaker | jhatmaker@pennlive.com

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.

Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers in Pittsburgh

The Fred Rogers statue can be found opposite of Heinz Field, staring at the Pittsburg skyline. It’s part of the “Tribute to Children” monument. The statue is made of bronze and is the work of sculptor Robert Berks. When visiting the monument you hear clips from Rogers’ show playing. Julia Hatmaker | jhatmaker@pennlive.com

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

Founding Fathers

Committee of Five, Declaration of Independence, July 1776, detail of John Trumbull’s painting (1819)

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

Walnut Street Bridge

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The Walnut Street Bridge, 1996. (The Patriot-News)

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

Cabot celebrates 100 years

West Springfield – Sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton work on the annual butter display at the Big E. The sculpture is made of Cabot butter.

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!



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