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Today's Butter Is Tomorrow's Energy


2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show displays their annual butter sculpture.

Today marks the grand opening of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. For the next week, visitors will inhale milk shakes, fried mushrooms, potato doughnuts and cheese; and take in animals, machinery displays, and politicians looking at things.
What does the Farm Show have to do with energy, you ask? Pennsylvania Public Radio’s Mary Wilson, who covered the unveiling of this year’s butter sculpture, explains over at State House Sound Bites:

The thousand-pound butter sculpture sits between exhibits for Pennsylvania honey and local apples. It depicts a boy leading a calf on a rope at the county fair.
…Jim Victor of Montgomery County made the sculpture. A release from the Department of Agriculture informs us he also sculpts chocolate and cheese. His butter masterpiece is but a temporary monument: at the end of the Farm Show, it will be converted to 65 kilowatt hours of electricity at a Juniata County farm.

We’re not quite sure how butter is converted into electricity  – do you know? If so, explain in the comments – but we’ll figure it out and post an update later this week. In the meantime, here’s the full Farm Show schedule.

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