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Butter-fy Yourself -- Use Facebook's App to Make Over Yourself in Butter

Updated on October 8, 2014
John K. Daniels' butter cow at the 1911 Iowa State Fair. Postcard of John K. Daniels’s butter sculpture of a boy, cow, and calf, Iowa State Fair, 1904. Sponsored by Beatrice Creamery Co.
John K. Daniels' butter cow at the 1911 Iowa State Fair. Postcard of John K. Daniels’s butter sculpture of a boy, cow, and calf, Iowa State Fair, 1904. Sponsored by Beatrice Creamery Co. | Source

Butter-fy Yourself on Facebook

Buttery-fy Yourself is a Facebook app that allows us make our likeness into an array of "butterful" selves.

The Butter-fy Yourself app is sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Association and allows you to plant your face (or another person's face of your choosing) on a variety of models ranging from a baseball player, as shown in the handsome butter-fied photo shown here, to a butter cow.

Speaking of butter cows, I grew up in Illinois, and the highlight of the Illinois State Fair for me was seeing the butter cow in the chilly air conditioned dairy building. A life-size cow made from butter awaited us each year, and I loved seeing it. There was usually another sculpture of one kind or another, which made it all the more fun to see what new creation they'd made.

Bring the State Fair to your Facebook page by sculpting a Butter-fy Yourself photo or two. These great images can be made into postcards or photos and would also make great holiday cards or print one out and drop it in the mail to remind someone of happy summer days past.

Photo Credit: A butter-fied photo by Peggy Hazelwood.

The Midwest Dairy Association

Created Butter-fy Yourself

The Midwest Dairy Association has a Facebook page that you can Like if you, well, like this Butter-fy Yourself app. From their page, they explain the process here:

Bring the state fair home by creating a virtual butter sculpture from your favorite photo. Butter-fy your profile pic, share your buttered postcard with friends, and get fun facts about the butter sculpting tradition. Try it now -- everyone looks better in butter! Sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association. Visit us at

The Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization financed and directed by the dairy producers in the following 10 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and eastern Oklahoma.

Photo Source: Midwest Diary Association Facebook App Page

The Butter-fy Yourself App

How it works

First you need to have a Facebook account.

Next, go to the Butter-fy Yourself page, which is found here.

Like the page.

Click the Go To App box.

Now you're ready to Butter-fy Yourself! Click Go.

Choose Upload a Photo or Use a Facebook Pic.

Choose a photo (Select Photo), then choose one of the personality (Butter Cow, Statue of Liberty, Ball Player, Princess, etc.), then Sculpt Yourself by fitting the photo into the opening in the head of the personality you chose then select a card from several State Fair images.

The Butter Cow at the Illinois State Fair - It's a quick look at the cow from 2010

Which of the Butter-fy Yourself personalities do you like best?

See results

Butter Sculptures - They started at the Iowa State Fair in 1911.

In 1911 J.K. Daniels sculpted the Fair's first butter cow and was succeeded by J.E. Wallace of Florida. In 1957 Earl Frank Dutt of Illinois took over the sculpting duties. Norma "Duffy" Lyon of Toledo, Iowa, began sculpting in 1960, becoming the fourth person and first woman to sculpt the Fair's butter beauties. Lyon passed away in June of 2011.

In 2006, after 15 years of apprenticing with Duffy, Sarah Pratt of West Des Moines became the Fair's fifth butter sculptor. In addition to her first Butter Cow, Pratt also crafted Superman of "Superman Returns" (Norwalk, Iowa, native Brandon Routh, who starred as the man of steel) and "Mr. State Fair" Bill Riley (in honor of his 60th Fair).

Source: Iowa State Fair

The Making of the Butter Cow - at the Iowa State Fair 2010

Butter - The Movie

The description on IMDb: "In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest."

This movie stars Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, and Alicia Silverstone and is available for 48-hour rental.

I recently watched this movie. Wow! It was excellent but not for children. I loved the premise and just thought it was surprisingly good!

Butter Makes It Better - Cookbooks with recipes that use BUTTER!

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    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      All I can say is... wow. :-) There's a Facebook app for everything!

    • cdevries profile image


      6 years ago

      The Texas State Fair has butter sculptures too. My favorite was a butter cowboy with a butter horse and saddle and a butter campfire!

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: Oh, I love butter cows!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Who the heck knew? You find the most interesting things to write about. All you need now is a recipe for butter cookies!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, we didn't have a butter sculpture of a cow at the Kansas State Fair. I can see why it impressed you.

      I wonder what other butter sculptures there are out there?


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