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    Episode 161.5 — Sklarbro County 66

    Am I a crazy Iowan who takes umbridge with the lack of knowledge about our beloved State Fair (and by extension, the Butter Cow)? Did I finally create a forum account on Earwolf JUST to respond to the misinformation presented in this episode? Am I avoiding my work as an accountant for a large corporation right now as I type this? The answer to all three of these questions is yes. Correction: the Butter Cow is at the Iowa State Fair, not the "Butter Festival" which, as far as I know, does not exist. There was one woman who carved the Butter Cow for many many years (Duffy Lyon of Toledo, IA), and the woman who does so now apprenticed with Duffy for over 15 years. I think the "documentary" that Sean O'Connor was referring to was the movie "Butter" starring Jennifer Garner - I haven't seen the movie, but I am sure it's a fun (fictionalized) story that has a lot of Iowa true-isms. And although the giant butter sculpture is obviously a huge waste of edible dairy product (albeit not the healthiest one), most of the butter does get reused on the next year's sculpture for up to 10 years. Some more fun Butter Cow facts: http://www.iowastatefair.org/fair-attractions/butter-cow/. I understand that NONE of this information is important, and that likely 99% of Sklarbro Nation will never attend the Iowa State Fair, but as someone who lives in a state which is constantly either confused with Idaho or Ohio, or known only for caucuses and Rep. Steve King, I feel compelled to stand up for my state pride! We're not all idiots who line up ONLY to see a cow made of butter - we're going to at least have a corn dog and a pork chop on a stick while we do it. ~Hugs and Hendersons from the Hawkeye state