Big, BIG news out of the Iowa State Fair this year. After 45 years, world famous butter carver Norma “Duffy ” Lyon (pictured) is stepping down, and apprentice Sarah Pratt will take over as Lead Butter Carver, Pratt’s first subject? Iowa native Brandon Routh as Superman.
Pratt has some big, possibly slippery shoes to fill: Lyon was world famous for her life sized, sensitive depictions of such subjects as cows and the Last Supper. The latter piece weighed 2000 lbs. Plus butter carving has been a grand tradition at the Iowa State Fair for nigh on 100 years — the first dairy cows were carved in 1911.
However, Pratt seems well on her way to upholding the proud tradition, after having served a 15 year apprenticeship to the master carver. Her comments as she faces the mighty task of sculpting Routh’s heroic proportions show that she is no dilettante, but a true artist.
“(Superman) will be standing upright, cape fluttering,” said Pratt. “With the weight of butter, it’d be hard to have him flying.”
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