Traditional Iowa, presidential success inspire Iowa State Fair butter sculptures
DES MOINES — The world-famous Iowa State Fair Butter Cow will share the spotlight this year with the majestic Lincoln Highway. The sculptures will be on display in the Agriculture Building’s 40 degree cooler throughout the fair Aug. 8-18.
This year’s companion sculptures honor an Iowa landmark’s anniversary with a replica of the Lincoln Highway Bridge in Tama and a relief sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. As the nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address, Iowa’s Lincoln Highway is also reaching a milestone. One of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles in the U.S., the 100-year-old highway stretches from New York to San Francisco.
In Iowa, the Lincoln Highway was built by the collective strength of small towns throughout the highway’s route. Residents promoted the road, raised funds and contributed labor. To celebrate this labor of love’s 100 year anniversary drivers traveled from New York to San Francisco, retracing the winding path.
In addition to the beloved butter sculptures, the Ag Building offers a variety of events and exhibits. Returning this year is the Seed Survivor exhibit where kids learn about plants and what makes them grow with this interactive display. Young fairgoers also can explore the AgVenture Discovery Trail’s 10 stops and discover the wide array of Iowa’s agricultural commodities ranging from livestock production to wind energy to viticulture —grapes.
For more information, visit the website www.iowastatefair.org.