HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has announced a new opportunity for Pennsylvanians to bring the Pennsylvania Farm Show into their homes, by inviting them to craft their own butter sculpture creations. The butter sculptures can be entered into the Butter Up! contest for a chance to win one of a variety of gift cards from members of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association.

“Each year, Pennsylvanians come from near and far to marvel at the 1,000-pound sculpture that has become a keystone to the annual Farm Show,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “It’s a symbol of Pennsylvania’s hard-working dairy industry that works 24/7/365, rain or shine, to nourish Pennsylvania. Now, we invite you to try your own hand and gain new appreciation for the art of butter sculpting.”

The contest will be open for submissions from today, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m.. The guidelines include the following:

• Individuals can use up to 5 pounds of butter.

• Contestants are allowed to use chicken wire, sculpting wire and a base to support the design.

• Contestants cannot use food dye or coloring of any kind to enhance the butter.

• Sculptures must be the unique, individual work of the entrants.

While not a requirement, the department suggests individuals use Pennsylvania butter, to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry, when purchasing supplies to sculpt their entry. Pennsylvania butter can be identified by looking for the PA Preferred logo, plant code 42, or by purchasing directly from a local farmers market that sources from a Pennsylvania dairy.

Entrants will be judged in five age-group categories: elementary school (ages 5-10), middle school (ages 11-13), high school (ages 14-18), adult (ages 19-64), and senior (ages 65-plus).

The winners and runners-up will be judged by fans of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Facebook page by total reactions (likes, loves, wows, cares, etc.).

To read the full rules and regulations, including eligibility, contest period, how to enter, guidelines, and judging, visit farmshow.pa.gov.

Members of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association have donated $50 and $25 gift cards for the winners and runners-up in all five categories, participating merchants such as Giant, C&S Wholesalers, Wegmans, Square One Markets and Giant Eagle.

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