Butter sculptor Sarah Pratt may be looking for a new material to work with after a spelling error in her life-size butter cow made national headlines.
Unfortunately for Pratt, butter doesn’t come with spellcheck, and the artist was probably wishing it did after a tiny misspelling got her some big attention.
On Thursday Pratt unveiled the giant cow made entirely of butter that she sculpted for the Illinois State Fair in celebration of the state’s 200th birthday.
Misspelling in Illinois State Fair Butter Cow display to be fixed – News – Journal Star – Peoria, IL https://t.co/ezkHU5SFpC
— Shane Worth (@tatzanx) August 14, 2018
Can you spot the error?
Pratt had misplaced an “n” in a sign meant to read “Grand Champion State, 1818, Bicentennial 2018.” Visitors quickly noticed the mistake, which was soon corrected.
Pratt’s mistake attracted national attention as news outlets everywhere couldn’t resist making butter-related puns.
— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) August 11, 2018
You 'butter' believe this year's Illinois State Fair butter cow is turning heads this year, but not for the reason you'd think. https://t.co/HXm2W1I0IG
— NTV News (@NTVNEWS) August 11, 2018
Word is spreading.
A butter cow misspelling is 'churning' heads at the Illinois state fair.
And some people have a beef.
You might even say they're having a cow.
The sculpture itself is the cream of the crop, though. https://t.co/NCz7Z6RGCg
— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) August 10, 2018
And people on Twitter also got in on the action.
Should have gone with bisontennial for the butter cow https://t.co/2G1c4necy4
— Crystal Thomas (@crystalclear224) August 9, 2018
Must have had butter fingers
Udderly apologetic https://t.co/XPjucH2nbo
— Chef Matthew Dean (@Chefmathu) August 12, 2018
You 'butter' believe it
— Jacqueline Francis (@FrancisonFoxIL) August 11, 2018
But the error didn’t seem to lessen anyone’s enthusiasm to see the cow in person.
I don't care. I'm going to see it anyway! Butter Cow features misspelling https://t.co/f5ar0MLuMw
— Clare Butterfield (@cebutterfield) August 9, 2018
Marla Behrends, a spokesperson for the Midwest Dairy Association, said that, after people noticed the mistake, Pratt apologized, confessing that she is a terrible speller and usually relies on her husband to check her work. The cow and the corrected sign can both be seen live on the Illinois State Fair webcam.
As for Sarah Pratt, we wish her butter luck next time.