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Field of Dreams sculpture to join butter cow at 2014 Iowa State Fair

West Des Moines’ Sarah Pratt has been the official Iowa State Fair Butter Cow sculptor since 2006.
West Des Moines’ Sarah Pratt has been the official Iowa State Fair Butter Cow sculptor since 2006.

DES MOINES — The world-famous Iowa State Fair Butter Cow will be featured alongside a sculpture celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Iowa-based feature film “Field of Dreams” at the 2014 Fair. The sculptures will be on display in the John Deere Agriculture Building’s 40 degree cooler throughout this year’s “Amazingly Amusing” Fair, Aug. 7-17.

The Academy Award-nominated classic was filmed at the century-old Lansing Family Farm in Dyersville.

Based on the novel “Shoeless Joe” written by W.P. Kinsella, former graduate student at the University of Iowa, the film has served as a point of pride for Iowans and a true collaboration of the very best Iowa has to offer.

In celebration of the family favorite, this year’s sculpture features elements from America’s favorite past-time of baseball and the rural Iowa landscape, all in butter.

In addition to these two sculptures, a new interactive exhibit called “Farm with Us” will also debut in the agriculture building. “Farm with Us” is an interactive experience for all ages that teaches about Iowa’s top commodities of corn and soybeans. Fairgoers can see and touch bushels of corn and soybeans and even “visit” an Iowa farm through a green screen. Complimentary photos of the experience will be available.

Other agriculture exhibits and demonstrations include giant pumpkins, jumbo vegetables, the Discovery Garden, daily stage presentations and more. All exhibits will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the 110-year old John Deere Agriculture Building during the fair.

For more information, call (800) 545-3247 or visit iowastatefair.org.

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