Ohio State Fair opens with butter cows 'Scarlet and Grayce'

COLUMBUS -- Scarlet and Grayce. Those are the names of the traditional butter sculptures of a cow and calf at this year's Ohio State Fair.

The names announced Tuesday by fair officials after a naming contest on Twitter are a play on the Ohio State University colors, scarlet and gray.

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Also presented Tuesday were other Ohio icons carved from butter, including a whitetail deer, paw paw fruit, carnation and spotted salamander.

Two sculptors worked on this year's creations, crafting them from about 2,033 pounds of butter. The display took more than 540 hours to complete, including about 400 hours of actual sculpting.

The butter cow sculpture goes back more than a century at the state fair, which opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 3 in Columbus.


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