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Big butter cow contest returns to Ohio State Fair

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the first time in more than 15 years, Ohio State Fair fans will have the chance to choose names for the 2014 iconic butter cow and calf at the Ohio State Fair.

Back by popular demand, the participant who crafts the most creative name for this year’s butter bovines will share the spotlight with the coveted cow and calf during the sculpture unveiling.

The naming contest dates back to the early 1980s, during which fairgoers would drop hand-written names into a large wooden milk carton. Now, the challenge will take to Twitter.

This week names for the butter cow and calf can be submitted by using the hashtag, #ButterCowNameGame.

The American Dairy Association Mideast will invite the person with the most inventive name to the butter cow and secret sculpture unveiling on July 22 to celebrate their creation.

The winner will receive a prize pack that includes free tickets to the fair, vouchers for free ice cream and a t-shirt from ADA Mideast.

The butter display at the Ohio State Fair attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year.

The butter cow and sculpture are found in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Ohio State Fair runs from July 23 until Aug. 3 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

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