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An Iowa artist is busy this summer creating special sculptures for the Iowa and Illinois state fairs.

Michelle O'Neill reports Sarah Pratt has been sculpting the butter cow for the Iowa State Fair since 2006.

Sarah Pratt says 2018 is the 100th anniversary of Deere and Company's Waterloo Boy tractor. And the Iowa State Fair asked Pratt to recreate it in butter. As a 14-year-old in 4-H, she learned how to sculpt from Norma "Duffy" Lyon," Iowa's "butter cow lady." Pratt took over in 2006 when Lyon retired.

Architectural rendering of new Isabel Bloom building
Isabel Bloom / Submitted

After decades of doing business in the Village of East Davenport, Isabel Bloom will move this Fall. The company announced Tuesday it will consolidate its retail showroom and mold-making operation with production in Davenport's former Harborview building.

Donna Young, Bloom co-owner and sculptor, says for years, she and the other owners searched for one site for sales, tours, and production.