Butter cake celebrates Ohio city's bicentennial

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by AP

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Posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Dairy officials at the Ohio State Fair are celebrating the capital city's 200th birthday with a massive cake made almost entirely out of butter.

   Standing 6 feet high by 5 feet wide, the cake was made with the help of 2,400 sticks of butter and marks Columbus' bicentennial. It was revealed ahead of the fair's Wednesday opening.

   The cake is topped with the number 200 and has ornate carvings of notable city landmarks, including the Ohio Statehouse. Organizers say it also has dairy cows to represent the state's agricultural focus.

   Cincinnati-based sculptors commissioned by the American Dairy Association Mideast crafted the cake in about 450 hours and used almost 2,000 pounds of butter.

   More than 500,000 visitors are expected to stop by the popular butter display this year.

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