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Iowa Butters Up The King Of Pop

10:01 AM Wednesday 7/1/09 | |

If you’re collecting unusual tributes to the late Michael Jackson, you’ll have to look pretty far and wide to find a monument odder than what the Iowa State Fair is cooking up.

Organizers have announced this year’s fair will include a statue of Jackson. Of course, a statue of the King of Pop isn’t that unusual. That is, unless it’s made of butter.

The statue depicting Jackson in all his moonwalking glory will be displayed in a cooler chilled down to 40 degrees.

According to the Des Moines Register, the moonwalking statue will also serve as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. Moon landing – moonwalker. Get it?

The big yellow stick will portray Jackson in his young-adult glory. In other words, the 1980s Jackson of Off The Wall and Thriller fame, not the middle-aged plastic surgery aficionado.

“We’re just trying to pay tribute to his contribution to music and dance ... as opposed to giving any scrutiny of his life,” state fair marketing director Lori Chappell told the Register.

And if you’re worried MJ’s buttery doppelgänger might get a little lonely in that cooler, never fear. The sculpture will stand right next to another popular statue – the fair’s butter cow.

Jackson performed at the Iowa State Fair in 1971 as part of The Jackson 5. This year’s fair runs Aug. 13 through 23.

Click here for the complete Des Moines Register article.


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