Iowa State Fair Butter Sculptor to Sculpt Life-Size Butter Cy for ISU Homecoming

October 5th, 2012

AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has commissioned the Iowa State Fair's butter cow sculptor to create a life-size butter Cy to celebrate the university's 100th Homecoming "CYtennial," Oct. 22-27.

Sarah Pratt, the Iowa State Fair's butter cow sculptor, will be sculpting Cy in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus. It will take approximately 300 pounds of butter to create the butter Cy.

Viewing will take place in Kildee Hall through a window into an ISU Meat Laboratory cooler. Sculpting hours are October 22-26, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The viewing window will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and October 27 from 7:30 a.m. to kickoff.

The ISU Dairy Science Club and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassadors will be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day greeting guests, selling homemade ice cream and handing out "I saw Butter Cy" stickers.

The Midwest Dairy Association is sponsoring the butter Cy with a donation of butter and funds to market the project. After homecoming, Cy will be melted down and stored for future use in other butter sculptures at the Iowa State Fair.

College alumna Norma "Duffy" Lyon, the previous Iowa State Fair butter sculptor, died in 2011. She served as the "butter cow lady" for 46 years. Pratt, a West Des Moines native, took over in 2006 after apprenticing Lyon for 15 years. Pratt has since sculpted Harry Potter, Shawn Johnson and, most recently, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Agriculture Building at the 2012 State Fair.

In 1912, professor S.W. Beyer called out to alumni, encouraging them to return to Ames for the Iowa State College - University of Iowa football game for Iowa State's first "homecoming" celebration. Homecoming has since become a cherished ISU tradition -- a time of reunion and celebration. Learn more about "CYtennial" activities online at


Editor's note: Media may access the inside of the Butter Cy cooler by scheduling an appointment with Melea Reicks Licht at (515) 294-8892.


Kelsey Lohff, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications, (515) 294-5616
Melea Reicks Licht, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-8892,