Some school districts, like some in San Francisco, are banning chocolate milk in their lunches, but the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is encouraging their athletes to drink it.
This pro-milk stance is the inspiration for this year’s butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair for its annual butter sculpture display.
The traditional butter cow and calf will be joined by a larger-than-life bottle of chocolate milk and four high school athletes.
“This year’s butter display is a salute to chocolate milk, the official beverage of Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA),” said Jenny Hubble, senior vice president of communications of the American Dairy Association Mideast.
“To immortalize our involvement with this tradition is one that we’re truly honored to be involved with,” said Dan Ross, commissioner with the OHSAA.
Sculptors worked in a 46 degree cooler for roughly 500 hours to shape 2,000 pounds of butter into the final works of art. For the first time ever, tinted butter was used to make the bottle look extra creamy and chocolaty.
“Since we’re doing chocolate milk this year, they came up with the idea to mix a little cocoa powder in with the butter and introduce a new color,” said Alex Balz, a butter sculptor.
The American Dairy Association Mideast, that serves Ohio and West Virginia, has partnered with the OHSAA for nearly 10 years to encourage student athletes to fuel up with healthy foods like low fat chocolate milk.
“Our partnership with the OHSAA reminds students to fuel up with chocolate milk and lead a healthy lifestyle,” said Hubble.
More than 500,000 people are expected to visit the Dairy Products Building at the fair to check out the works of art.