State Fair
11:31 am
Wed August 14, 2013

No Heightened Security For Butter Cow

The 2013 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow
Credit Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media

Organizers of the Illinois State Fair say they're not changing security procedures after vandals threw paint on a butter cow at the state fair in Iowa. 
Jeff Squibb is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. 
He tells The Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/1cB7iD1 ) that a refrigerated case holding the butter bovine is locked all the time in the fair's Dairy Building, while a webcam streams live images of the sculpture. 
The 500-pound cow is made with unsalted butter. Built from scratch each year, the butter cow has been an unofficial mascot of the fair since the 1920s. 
Animal welfare activists hid in a building at the Iowa State Fair and poured red paint all over the butter cow there. The damage was discovered Sunday morning and quickly repaired.