Photo left: A Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculpture. Source.
St. Paul, Minnesota: A local Catholic evangelism group has made a proposal certain to whip up emotions and melt some hearts: create refrigerated butter sculptures of the saints as a means to evangelize the hoards of visitors at the Minnesota State Fair.
"As all Minnesotans know, there is a long tradition of each Dairy Princess in Minnesota creating a "Princess Kay of the Milky Way" butter sculpture every day at the Minnesota State Fair. People crowd in rows deep to watch these dairy princesses in action*, as these butter sculptures can take hours to create. We propose that we ride on the coattails of that idea and get local youth groups to create butter sculptures of the saints," said organizer Declan MacCauley of the Catholic Youth Evangelism League.
When asked the obvious question--why butter saints?--MacCauley argued, "People would be inspired by the dedication of the sculptors to stand in a plexiglass refrigerator for hours, bringing ancient models of faith to life for the masses. And there is something about the butter itself as a medium. You know those Tibetan Buddhist monks, creating those elaborate sand drawings, only to sweep them away? The butter sculptures can work similarly: they are reflections of beauty by their ephemeral nature. Because let's be honest, you take these babies out into the Fair and it's suddenly melted goo for your fried-something-on-a-stick."
MacCauley said if his group could get permission to evangelize at the State Fair this way, they would consider branching out into St. Paul's Winter Carnival with "Ice Saints".
"If people will come from all over to see those Peanuts statues in the park, I think we may get a few takers with ice sculptures of the doctors of the Church," said MacCauley.
*Those of you not from Minnesota--I promise you, this part is absolutely true.