Christmas in July: 'A Christmas Story' celebrated at Ohio State Fair in butter display

This year’s butter display features scenes from “A Christmas Story,” including Ralphie in his bunny pajamas, a Christmas tree decorated with real lights, Randy in his snowsuit, the iconic leg lamp, and the butter calf and Flick with their tongues stuck to a pole, while the traditional butter cow looks on. (American Dairy Association)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - This year's theme for the annual Ohio State Fair butter display was finally announced. Characters and iconic moments from "A Christmas Story" have joined the butter cow.

The movie, whose Ohio roots are with its iconic house in Cleveland, is celebrating 35 years since its release.

Sculptors spent about 400 hours to bring the movie's scenes to life, in butter form. One of the moments that was created was the playground scene where Ralphie’s classmate Flick gets himself into a sticky situation when he can’t back down from a triple-dog-dare. Flick isn't alone; the butter calf's tongue is stuck alongside Flick's as the traditional butter cow looks on.

The display also features a Christmas tree made of butter, Ralphie's bunny suit from Aunt Clara, Randy in his snowsuit and the infamous leg lamp.

To keep the display intact, the butter is kept at 46 degrees. The 2018 display was crafted by five Ohio-based technical sculptors, including lead sculptors Paul Brooke and Alex Balz of Cincinnati, Tammy Buerk of West Chester, Erin Swearingen of Columbus and Matt Davidson, a dairy farmer from Sidney.

The American Dairy Association Mideast prides itself in keeping the butter display one of the state fair's best kept secrets. Each year, an icon or theme is featured in butter that is non-political, non-controversial and reflects optimism and broad audience appeal, said the association.

The display can be found in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center and is open daily during the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The fair runs from July 25 through Aug. 5.

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