This past week, Blue was at the Indiana State Fair to unveil the 2010 Cheese Sculpture. The Cheese Sculpture highlights the Dairy Association's partnership with the NFL and with the Indianapolis Colts thru Fuel Up to Play 60. Blue, himself, is featured as part of the 1500 pound cheese sculpture.
The American Dairy Association of Indiana sponsors "Cheese Lady" Sara Kaufman every year during the Indiana State Fair to create a beautiful sculpture from over 1500 pounds of cheese. Sara's sculptures are always one-of-a-kind and she creates her work of art in front of thousands of fair goers. This year there is a spin to the cheese sculpture. The American Dairy Association of Indiana asked for the public's help in designing the infamous Cheese Sculpture at the great Indiana State Fair. After narrowing it down to three lucky finalists – they had their winner which was themed after the Fuel Up To Play 60 program.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is the NFL and National Dairy Council's in-school based program that encourages 'fueling up' with nutrient-rich foods like low fat dairy, vegetables and fruits and whole grains and getting 60 minutes of daily physical activity. This program has been developed to tackle childhood obesity to help kids develop healthy lifestyles early. The Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Dairy Council have been working with schools around the state for almost two years and will launch the "Fuel Up to Play 60 with Blue" school program this school year.
On opening day, Kaufmann began carving two 640-pound blocks of mild cheddar cheese from Pace Dairy in Crawfordsville, IN into an amazing work of art that is measured at an estimated 7 feet wide by 3.5 feet high. In just five days, this unique masterpiece came to life with the image of Colts mascot, Blue, and buddy playing football on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium with a crowd cheering them on in the background. The cheese sculpture was unveiled on August 11 to the State Fair with the help with the Blue and Buttercup, the Dairy Association's mascot.
The sculpture will remain in a large refrigerated case at the east end of the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair through Aug 22.