This Butter Sculpture Could Power a Farm for 3 Days
Dairy, art and environmentalism converge in this 1,000-pound butter sculpture, which was a centerpiece at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last week. After the show finishes, it's being shipped to a farm in Mifflintown, PA, where it will be dumped into a pit of manure and recycled into energy to power the farm, as well as many nearby homes.
For more than a week, it was the belle of the ball, the butter with no better: a giant 1,000-pound dairy sculpture that occupied the place of honor at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa. But after the indoor state fair shutters this Saturday, all that beautiful butter will leave its refrigerated display case and be unceremoniously dumped into a stinking pit of manure. That's because the sculpture will soon be converted into methane gas — enough to power a Pennsylvania dairy farm for three days.
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