Like deep-fried cake on a stick (or regional variants), butter sculpture is a staple of state fair tradition that will never go away even if it’s unnecessary and kinda gross. But at least the Pennsylvania state fair is using its behemoth butter statuary as a source of alternative energy. When the fair is over, the 1,000 pounds of milkfat that make up the sculpture — a life-size scene that includes five people and a cow — will be fed into a methane digester, which will generate enough energy to power a local farm for three days. A dairy farm, natch.

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