Wisconsin Cheese Sculptor Savors The Moo-ments In Carving 930-Pound Art One of the nation's preeminent cheese sculptors unveiled her latest masterpiece at the Indiana State Fair on Friday. The 930-pound diorama depicts major events in cheese history.
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'You Never Know Where Cheese Takes You': Dairy Sculptor Savors The Moo-ments

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'You Never Know Where Cheese Takes You': Dairy Sculptor Savors The Moo-ments

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Today, Sarah Kaufmann's latest work of art will be unveiled at the Indiana State Fair. Who is Sarah Kaufmann, you ask?

SARAH KAUFMANN: I'm the cheese lady.

MARTIN: And what does the cheese lady do?

NOEL KING, HOST:

She makes gigantic sculptures out of cheese, of course.

KAUFMANN: Most of the time - I'd say like 95 percent - I work with cheddar.

KING: Her latest sculpture at the Indiana State Fair will be made out of 960 pounds of white and yellow cheddar, and it has a theme. I'll let Kaufmann explain.

KAUFMANN: It's called "Great Dairy Mooments (Ph) In Cheese History."

KING: Mooments like what?

KAUFMANN: The very first dairy cow that arrived in America arrived in 1521, so that's one image that we're carving. Another image is the cow jumps over the moon.

MARTIN: So making a sculpture like this is no easy feat. Kaufmann started the planning process for this sculpture months ago, working with Indiana's American Dairy Association. She finally put chisel to cheese on the first day of the fair. She and three assistants have been carving for the past week as the fair visitors have passed by, watched and asked questions.

KAUFMANN: A lot of the questions are, is that real cheese? Because nobody has seen 640-pound blocks of cheese.

KING: Kaufmann says she needs a forklift just to get them in place, but it's all in a day's work for her. She's been doing this for more than 22 years, and it's taken her all over the country.

KAUFMANN: I carve in supermarkets, trade shows, special events, food shows. I carve for the Super Bowl. So, you know, you never know where cheese takes you. I have many cheese adventures.

(SOUNDBITE OF NIRVANA'S "BIG CHEESE")

MARTIN: As for this particular cheese adventure, Sarah Kaufmann's creation will be up until the fair closes on August 19.

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