Ohio State Fair butter sculpture honors moon landing


MEANS FOR OHIOANS. JENNY HUBBLE: “WE KNOW THAT SOMETIMES COWS CAN JUMP OVER THE MOON, WELL THIS ONE’S LANDED ON IT .” MARK: A NOD TO HISTORY AT THE OHIO STATE FAIR. THE BUTTER SCULPTURES ARE A FAVORITE TRADITION FOR MANY FAIR-GOERS, AND THIS YEAR, THEY PAY TRIBUTE TO THE ASTRONAUTS WHO WALKED THE MOON, INCLUDING OHIO’S OWN NEIL ARMSTRONG. MARK: THE STATE FAIR STARTS TOMORROW– DAYS AFTER THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 11 MISSION. DARLENE: BUT OUR LIZ MCGIFFIN WAS THERE FOR THE BUTTER SCULPTURE REVEAL EARLIER TODAY. SHE HAS MORE ON WHAT IT TOOK TO CREATE THE DISPLAY. TRT 1:35 LIZ MCGIFFIN “THIS YEAR AT THE OHIO STATE FAIR, THE AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION ON BEHALF OF OHIO’S DAIRY FARMERS IS PAYING A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OHIO’S CONTRIBUTION TO SPACE TRAVEL.” “THE BUTTER SCULPTURE UNVEILING IS OFFICIAL. WE ARE PROUD AS A DIARY INDUSTRY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT THAT OHIO SERVED AS THE HEART OF IT ALL IF YOU WILL, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT NIEL ARMSTRONG WAS FROM WAPAKONETA, OHIO HIMSELF.” BETWEEN 2200 POUND OF BUTTER, AND 500 HOURS WORTH CREATING AND CARVING, THERE ARE SOME DETAILS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IN THIS YEAR’S BUTTER COW DISPLAY. JENNY HUBBLE, THE AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION MIDEAST: “”I THINK THE FAVORITE PART OF THIS YEAR’S DISPLAY FOR ME CERTAINLY IS THE AMERICAN FLAG. IT LOOKS GREAT AND I LOVE THAT THE FOOTPRINT IS RIGHT UNDERNEATH IT. AND THE ASTRONAUT SUIT IS SO WELL DONE.” ALEXANDER BALZ, BUTTER SCULPTOR: “THE SPACE SUITS WERE A REAL CHALLENGE, TO BE HONEST. …” ALEXANDER BALZ: “IT’S EASY TO SCULPT THINGS THAT YOU KNOW. WHEN YOU SCULPT A HUMAN BEING, YOU MEMORIZE IT. BUT THIS WAS A CHALLENGE.” AND YOU MIGHT NOTICE SOME DETAILS HIDDEN IN THE COWS THIS YEAR AS WELL… JENNY HUBBLE: “THEY ARE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER WEARING EAR TAGS….” “AND IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU’LL SEE THAT THE CALF’S EAR TAG SAYS APOLLO, AND THE COW’S EAR TAG SAYS 11.” BETWEEN THE DETAILS IT GIVES PEOPLE A CHANCE TO TAKE A PICTURE FOR NEW MEMORIES AND REFLECT ON OLD ONES AS WELL. JENNY HUBBLE: “”…A LOT OF FOLKS WILL REMEMBER WHERE THEY WERE 50 YEARS AGO WHEN THE MOON LANDING ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE. SO, IT’LL GIVE FOLKS A CHANCE TO REMISSNESS AND FOR THOSE THAT WEREN’T AROUND, GET TO RELIVE A LITTLE BIT OF OHIO HISTORY.” LIZ MCGIFFIN: “IF YOU’D LIKE TO CHECK OUT THESE BUTTER SCULPTURES IN PERSON, THEY’LL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE DAIRY PRODUCTS BUILDING DURING THE OHIO STATE FAIR FROM 9 A.M. – 9 P.M. LOCAL 4 YOU AT THE FAIR GROUNDS, I’M LIZ MCGIFFIN, NBC 4.” TRT 1:35 MARK: IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BUTTER AFTER THE FAIR… IT GETS RECYCLED, REFINED, AND USED FOR FORGING METAL. MARK AND DARLENE TALK ABOUT STORY MARK: LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S NEW AT THE FAIR THIS YEAR. SPECIFICALLY, THE FOOD. MARK: FAIR OFFICIALS TELL US SOME OF THE NEW OFFERINGS INCLUDE WHISKEY BARBEQUE JERKY, CARIBBEAN NOODLES AND JAMBALAYA RICE, BUCKEYE FUNNEL CAKE, FRIED JALEPENO RINGS, AND DEEP-FRIED MAC & CHEESE BALLS. NBC4 IS GOING TO BRING YOU FULL COVERAGGE OF THE FAIR THIS WEEK, SO FOLLOW ALONG ON THE AIR AND ONLINE. DARLENE: A BRAND NEW HOTEL IS ALMOST FINISHED DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS. THE “CANOPY” BY HILTON IS ON NATIONWIDE BOULEVARD—WITH SOMETHING CENTRAL OHIOANS ARE

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