posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Central Region News
Audubon County fair attendees recently left their mark for the 2018 Iowa State Fair statue contest, contributing to the project being entered on behalf of Audubon County.
Weighing in at 150 lbs., the cement pig statue revolves around the theme “Prints for Pork” to exemplify the global significance of pork production and represent the number of people impacted by pork, from the producers who provide the protein to those who consume it.
The pig was staged at the Audubon County Fairgrounds outside of the Hoop Building where over 100 community members of all ages stopped by to leave their thumbprints in shades of blue and green, representing the colors of Earth.
The base of the concrete mold includes an image of the state of Iowa with a marking to identify the location of Audubon County.
Alicia Humphrey, public relations coordinator for AMVC, facilitated the community effort and developed the theme for the statue.
“It was awesome to see the community support and involvement with this project,” Humphrey said. “It is not every day that you get the community together to finger paint, but the masterpiece we created is very unique.”
The statue will be on display at the Iowa State Fair alongside the 65 entries received for the contest. Individuals, clubs and companies were invited to participate in the contest by having their submitted designs and descriptions for their statue selected by the Iowa State Fair. Judges will assess the final creations based on creativity, originality and overall appearance.
Following the conclusion of the state fair, the statue will return to Audubon County where it is projected to find a permanent home.