oh to be a butter queen

Growing up in Minnesota the last 12 days of August meant it was State Fair time. Not to go on bragging but the fair (aka the great Minnesota get together) is a big deal! As the second biggest fair in the country, there are tons of cute baby animals, rides and of course everything you could ever want to eat on a stick. Pickle on a stick, lemonade on a stick, alligator on a stick, the list goes on and on here.

Besides the food there is one thing since my very first trip to the fair as a five year old I have wanted, and that was to be a Butter Queen.

Yes. It is exactly what it sounds like. I wanted to be crowned and carved as a Butter Queen. Teens from the Minnesota 4H community (particularly dairy related) are allowed to enter to be the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way (yes -this is a title and a sash and crown are involved). Each year those lucky ladies are selected and then their likeness is carved into butter for all who attend the fair to see. AND there is a parade in which Princess Kay is the guest of honor. Now who would not dream of this! Sadly as a suburban child with no livestock besides two labs, my parents explained that I would never be queen. But hey a girl can dream!

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I am missing the fair this year and will have to live vicariously through my families photos. But put it on your bucket list- the fair is worth a trip!

P.S. a few facts regarding butter sculpting (it's fascinating)!

  • The temperature inside the rotating butter booth is 40°F.
  • It takes 21.8 pounds of whole milk to make a pound of butter.
  • A complete butter sculpture takes about six hours to complete.