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State Fair Opens With Butter Sculpture Celebrating Moon Landing

The annual butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair honors the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with sculputures of astronauts Neil Armstrong, an Ohio native, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
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The annual butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair honors the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with sculputures of astronauts Neil Armstrong, an Ohio native, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Gov. Mike DeWine opens the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday morning, which this year is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a life-size butter sculpture.

DeWine opens the 166th edition of the fair Wednesday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by performances by the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir. Afterward, DeWine will tour the fairgrounds.

This year's annual butter display features a life-size sculpture of Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong saluting the American flag after planting it on the moon's surface as he stands beside the lunar module.

The sculpture also includes the Apollo 11 emblem and life-size sculptures of Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sitting beside the traditional butter cow and calf.

And if you're wondering what happens to the butter sculpture after the Ohio State Fair ends, you're in luck: WOSU's Curious Cbus answered that question back in 2016.