Each year, the American Dairy Association Mideast chooses a butter display theme that honors Ohio’s history and culture. This year, they celebrate the hard work and dedication of Ohio’s high school athletes and the official beverage that fuels them, chocolate milk (American Dairy Association Mideast).

Ohio Fair Butter Sculpture Features Athletes, Chocolate Milk

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The butter sculpture at this year’s Ohio State Fair includes the traditional cow and calf along with four student-athletes and a six-foot bottle colored to look like chocolate milk.

The American Dairy Association Mideast says the sculpture unveiled Tuesday salutes chocolate milk as the official drink of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. It’s the first time the butter sculpture has included color, as cocoa was added for the bottle.

It stands among four athletes representing football, tennis, softball, and soccer.

The dairy association says five sculptors spent about 500 hours creating the display, which is made from about 2,000 pounds of butter.

The fair opens Wednesday in Columbus.