Friday, August 27, 2010


I had to take you back to the Indiana State Fair this week to introduce you to the talents of Sarah Kaufmann, A.K.A. "The Cheese Lady."
The Indiana Dairy Farm Families has presented Sarah's talent in the "Our Land" pavilion for the past 4 years.  Sarah is nationally known for her sculptures made of cheese.  This year's sculpture was made from of a total of 1,498 pounds of cheese: 1,280 pounds of Indiana cheddar cheese, 120 pounds of white cheddar, 94 pounds of Gouda, and 3 pounds of string cheese.   

According to the signage at the display, it takes one year from start to finish of the creation, including:
the idea, a series of pencil sketches, selecting the final draft, creating the draft in color, selecting the cheese textures and colors, ordering the cheese, carving a miniature version of the final draft, and then building a foundation to support the 1,498 pounds of cheese. 
Sarah begins carving her masterpiece at the opening of the fair. She works non-stop for 2-3 days before the big unveiling of her creation.

The theme of this year's sculpture is "Fuel Up-Play 60."  Fuel-Up Play 60 is a new youth program sponsored by National Dairy Council and the National Football League designed to empower students to take action for their health and improve their school environment.
And so, this huge dairy inspired sculpture of a cow and pig playing football incorporates dairy, football, and also the 2010 Indiana State Fair theme 'The Year of Pigs.'
Sarah went one step further to tie her masterpiece to Indiana: She embellished the final sculpture with Indianapolis Colts flags and included BLUE, the Colts' mascot!
At the close of the fair, the cheese from the sculpture was re-processed into animal feed.

To learn more about Sarah Kaufmann and to see more of her cheese creations, click here
(Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm f4 IS lens, 1/40 sec @ f4.5, ISO 400)

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