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2013 butter sculpture unveiled

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SPOILER ALERT:It's one of the most popular attractions at the Great New York State Fair. The 800-lb. butter sculpture was unveiled this morning. Brad Vivacqua joined us from the Dairy Products Building for the unveiling.

NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- This year's butter sculpture is revealed at the New York State Fair on Wednesday morning. The 800 pound butter sculpture has a different theme every year. This year's theme is: Getting Fresh with Local Dairy.

The sculpture features scenes from across New York State, including Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, and the Empire State Building. One of the highlights even includes a cow version of Lady Liberty holding an ice cream cone and a wheel of cheese.

The sculpture also includes children dressed for every season of the year as a reminder that milk is produced all year.

According to fair officials, they are hosting a contest on Instagram to encourage this year's theme.

"We're going to be doing an Instagram contest. We're asking people to take pictures of themselves with the butter sculpture and put in a caption about milk being 365 days a year, hashtag it #milk365days, and we'll be selecting random entries throughout the course of the Fair. We'll be giving out supermarket gift cards, and the grand prize is a year's supply of milk," explained Beth Meyer, the American Dairy Association Communications Director.

Meanwhile, the final preparations are underway across the fairgounds for opening day on Thursday. The James E. Strates Show train rolled into town on Wednesday to deliver more than 200 rides and game booths.

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