Dairy Association Donates $10,000 to Help Replace Iconic “Duff” Sculpture

Toledo, IA – The Iowa American Dairy Association Midwest has provided a $10,000 donation to help replace the iconic cow calf sculpture created by Iowa legend, Norma Duffy Lyon.   The late Norma “Duffy” Lyon began sculpting butter cows for the Iowa State Fair in 1960 and continued this annually for almost 46 years.   Duffy’s work has been instrumental in the promotion of our states rich dairy farming roots.

Over 30 years ago, a community effort lead by the Arts Council of the Tama-Toledo area and several citizens, raised $20,000 to have a cow and calf sculpture made and placed at the intersection of Highways 63 and 30. Norma Duffy Lyon created this sculpture using fiberglass and bronze sculpture.

During the derecho storm in August, this sculpture was severely damaged beyond repair. Fundraising efforts are taking place to create a new bronze replica that will last generations and will be a great asset to the community. A quote from the late Nelle Bennett says it best, “It’s really a blend of the history to the state fair, art and agriculture.”

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please reach out to Toledo’s Mayor, Brian Sokol, at 641-485-0908 or


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