Popular mascots unveiled in massive butter sculpture at Pennsylvania Farm Show

(Pennsylvania Farm Show)

The butter sculpture for this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show was unveiled Thursday, featuring three of the state's professional sports team mascots.

This year's sculpture, crafted from about 1,000 pounds of donated butter, shows Gritty, Swoop and Steely McBeam, mascots for the Philadelphia Flyers and Eagles, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"And they’re all united at a tailgate celebration through dairy! The half-ton sculpture encourages Pennsylvanians to be a fan of Pennsylvania dairy and give a cheer to the more than 6,200 dairy farmers of the commonwealth," officials wrote in a Facebook post. 

The Farm Show in Harrisburg, which calls itself the country's largest indoor agricultural event, includes 12,000 competitive exhibits.

They show began Saturday and lasts through Jan. 11. Admission is free but parking in Farm Show Complex lots is not.

After the show ends, the butter sculpture will be taken to a farm in Juniata County to be converted into energy through a methane digester.

(Pennsylvania Farm show)

New to the show this year are hard cider sales, an expanded rabbit competition and a waterfoul habitat with live ducks in the poultry area. There also will be a demonstration of riding horses while armed with bows.

Those who want to escape the crowds and noise can find refuge in low-stimulation shelters.

In the food court, attendees looking for something new will find hemp seed tea, gluten-free meatballs, grilled cheese sticks and new mushroom sandwiches, served like Philly cheesesteaks.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.