No butter Jackson at the Iowa State Fair

Michael Jackson’s image will not be a part of this year’s butter sculpture at the Iowa State Fair. After a week of voting the results are in and by a margin of 65.24 percent no to 34.76 percent yes, fairgoers voted down the inclusion of Jackson in the moonwalk butter sculpture, planned for the 2009 fair.

“While we know some people will be disappointed, we believe the vote was the only way to let fairgoers voice their opinion in a meaningful way, ” says Gary Slater, Fair CEO/Manager. “With the Fair just over three weeks away, we are pleased to now move on with final preparation for all the events at the Fair.”

More than 100,000 votes were cast in the unscientific online poll conducted from July 9 to July 16.

In addition to the butter Jersey cow, a separate sculpture will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk on July 20th, 1960. In honor of Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind,” this year’s sculpture will include an astronaut, an American flag and a butter rendition of the surface of the moon. The butter sculptures will be on display in a 40-degree cooler in the Fair’s Agriculture Building, August 13 through 23..

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