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State Fair Butter Cow

This photo shows the 2018 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow unveiled in the Dairy Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Artist Sarah Pratt sculpted 600 pounds of butter into this year's creation that celebrates the state's bicentennial year. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

This week’s episode of Capitol News Illinois’ podcast, "Capitol Cast," explores the Illinois State Fair, which opens Aug. 8. 

It's been a cultural institution in Illinois since 1853. John Sullivan, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, joins other officials in talking about what's new and improved this year, what the fair means to many people, and some new developments in the agriculture industry today.

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