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The Cheese Lady bringing dairy to life at the Tulsa State Fair

Posted at 9:18 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 11:55:54-04

TULSA — One of this year’s most interesting attractions at the Tulsa State Fair is a giant block of cheese.

Sarah Kaufmann, known as The Cheese Lady, started sculpting Wednesday and has been working on her piece for 120 hours

“Some of it’s coming out of the orange, the yellow cheddar, and then I added dizzy. Dizzy is white cheddar from two white cheddar blocks," she said. "Now I’m doing inlay for the teeth of the cow, her beautiful pearly whites.”

This is Kaufmann's 5th year at the fair, her favorite part of cheese sculpting is in the details.

“To make the thing come alive," she said. "Adding textures. Adding little surprises. Like here, the ice cream has cherries in it.”

Kaufmann started out as an artist for a dairy company, working with cheese sculptors before getting hired as one. She’s now been doing this full time for 17 years.

“I’m happy sitting in this cooler, 10, 12, 15 hours a day and sculpting cheese and making this story," she said.

The sculpture is on display in the Expo building.

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