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The 2018 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow is helping celebrate the state's 200th birthday. It took about 63 hours and nearly 600 pounds of butter to sculpt the butter cow this year. It's a Jersey cow with a winning ribbon on its shoulder and a Grand Champion banner and Lincoln's top hat at its feet.
Around the cow reads "Celebrating 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln." State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says the butter cow remains a popular attraction.
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The sculptors, Sarah and Andy Pratt, always hide nine hearts in the cow, representing the nine essential nutrients in milk. The butter cow is located in the Dairy Building.