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Toledo’s Butter Cow sculptor adding Laura Ingalls Wilder

August 11, 2017
Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES- (readMedia)- The Iowa State Fair Butter Cow started in 1911 and for many years she has shared her cooler space with various public figures including; Elvis Presley, Harry Potter and in 2016 a tribute to Star Trek.

In 2017, Laura Ingalls Wilder will be cast in 100 percent cream butter to celebrate her 150th birthday. Laura Ingalls Wilder spent part of her childhood in Burr Oak, Iowa, and her sister Mary attended the Vinton School for the Blind in Iowa.

Various birthday celebrations and festivals are happening across the Midwest in recognition of her birthday.

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Sarah Pratt works on the 2016 Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair. The Toledo native is in her 12th year at the fair, following in the footsteps of her mentor, “The Butter?Cow Lady,” the late Norma Lyon of rural Toledo.
-Iowa State Fair photo

More butter please- West Des Moines will be host to the international golf tournament for women. Toledo native Sarah Pratt, Iowa State Fair butter sculptor since 2006, will be bringing a little bit of the Solheim Cup to the Iowa State Fair as she creates a replica of the official trophy.

Both Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Solheim Cup trophy will be on display with the Butter Cow in the John Deere Agriculture Building throughout the Fair.

Pratt is the daughter of Tom and Mary Doyle, Toledo.



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