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Cheese sculpture at Indiana State Fair honors heroes in dairy industry

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 22:19:06-04

INDIANAPOLIS — After a week of carving, Sarah Kaufmann, affectionately known as "the cheese lady" unveiled her gigantic cheese sculpture on Friday in the Ag-Hort building.

This is her 14th year of taking huge blocks of cheese and making them into a dairy masterpiece. And, as always, she gets her inspiration for her creation from the fair itself.

"We like to follow the theme of the fair: 'Heroes of the Heartland.' But of course, being dairy, we need to show our dairy farmer hero, and mighty milk, and then buttercup the cow who produces all the milk," Kaufmann said. "So dairy farmers are our superheroes here at this booth." 

Students from the Herron School of Art also assisted in creating this sculpture.

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The sculpture is made from three, 640-pound blocks of cheese from Crawfordsville's Pace Dairy.

At the end of the fair, the cheese will be taken to Bio-Ag in Reynolds, Indiana and recycled into green energy.