May 20, 2024

Giant cheese sculpture unveiled: Celebrating the Hoosier spirit

INDIANAPOLIS — A gigantic cheese sculpture with the theme of “Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit” was unveiled at the Indiana State Fair.

Sarah “The Cheese Lady” Kaufmann carved nearly 2,000 pounds of Indiana cheese donated by Pace Dairy of Crawfordsville. The sculpture looks like the iconic Dairy Bar — a staple of the State Fair.

The sculpture weighs 1,960 pounds. It includes 1,280 pounds of yellow cheddar, 640 pounds of white cheddar and 40 pounds of other assorted varieties.

The sculpture can be found in the Purdue Extension Ag/Horticulture Building.

At the close of the fair, the cheese sculpture will be converted to green energy via Biotown Ag.

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Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor