It is big, it is made out of cheese, and it is only at the Indiana State Fair. Again this year, Indiana dairy farm families have sponsored the big cheese carving in the DuPont Food Pavilion. Cheese artist Sarah Kaufmann chose a nutrition theme for this year’s sculpture, “I wanted to stress to kids the importance of making good healthy food choices. I want them to chose healthy snacks and eat a good breakfast.” She has children in her display all wearing what she calls their “dairy thinking caps.” She wants to stress that we should think about what we are eating, “Dairy offers many healthy choices for young people and adults.” The sculpture features two rows of children wearing various dairy products as hats, all grouped around a giant glass of white milk.
It started as 2,640 lb cheese; and, 136 hours later, it is a work of art with an important message for fair visitors of all ages. Kaufmann stated, “This message is not just for kids, but us older folks need to also think about the food choices we make because we do not always make the best food choices.” Many of the other displays in the DuPont Food Pavilion also stress the importance of nutrition, while located just outside the pavilion are fair vendors that offer temptations that may not be so healthy.
Now this is the year of popcorn so Kaufmann incorporated some popcorn into her sculpture as a healthy food snack, “I have cheese popcorn in my display that is real cheese popcorn because it is made out of cheese.” The cheese sculpture will be on display through the end of the fair. This is Kaufmann’s eighth year carving cheese at the Indiana State Fair, and each time she tries to play off the fair’s theme. A native of Wisconsin, Kaufmann has been crafting cheesy masterpieces since 1981.