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I know I shouldn't have a meltdown over this

Posted at 10:23 AM on January 5, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Readers should know I held my righteous indignation in check when I first saw this item on the wire yesterday, but couldn't hold back when I heard Steve Innskeep repeat it on Morning Edition:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - People attending the Pennsylvania Farm
Show might find themselves wishing for pancakes or toast.

That's because butter is one of the star attractions.
Eight-hundred pounds of butter have been molded into a sculpture
paying tribute to Ben Franklin and the Liberty Bell.

State Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff helped unveil the
butter sculpture at this morning in the Main Hall of the Farm Show
Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

My first reaction is: 'Ghee whiz, butter sculptures! That story had turned rancid before I churned out my first State Fair feature 20 years ago.'

But what really spoiled it for me was this next line:

The sculpture is a longstanding Farm Show tradition.

So, this isn't even news in the place the story originated. Slow news days can make me embarrassed for my profession.