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NYS Fair butter sculpture shipped to Livingston Co., becomes electricity

The 700 pounds of butter were combined with food scraps from Wegmans stores and recycled into a methane digester to help generate electricity. (WHAM photo)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - After the New York State Fair, do you ever wonder what happens to the giant butter sculpture?

It gets recycled.

The 2017 statue of three New York State Troopers with a calf and a child was deconstructed Tuesday by master gardeners.

From there, it was transported to Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County.

The 700 pounds of butter were combined with food scraps from Wegmans stores and recycled into a methane digester to help generate electricity.

"We're bringing it into the digester where it's heated into 102 degrees and produces bio gas," explained Chris Noble, vice president of Noblehurst Farms. "That bio gas is then run through a generator which produces electricity and powers our surrounding community.

"The community receives a little bit of the power. It mostly powers the farm to my right, as well as the cream and cheese plant next door. So basically we're producing products that will be eaten by consumers as well as producing power that will light your dinner table tonight."

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