Butter Peacock official video and unveiling

The Butter Peacock was officially unveiled Thursday, August 8, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The Butter Peacock will be joined by faculty, staff and alumni who operate UIU’s information booth each fair day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Varied Industries Building.  The public is invited to see the Butter Peacock, learn more about UIU, register for free tuition and classes, and purchase Peacock apparel and merchandise. Alumni may also stop by and update their contact information to receive a free gift.

The Butter Peacock was sculpted by UIU associate professor of art Elissa Wenthe and senior art education major Meghan Kleitsch.

Iowa Live host Lou Sipolt interviewed UIU vice president for external affairs Andrew Wenthe at the Iowa State Fair Friday, Aug 9. Iowa Live airs on CW Iowa 23 in the Des Moines metro area. The video can be viewed on the UIU Facebook page.

Official rules for the State Fair special drawings and Pete the Peacock’s scheduled appearances can be found at For additional information about UIU, visit

(Editor’s note: The UIU Office of Communications wishes to thank Jeremy Chan ’19 of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for shooting the original footage of the making of UIU’s Butter Peacock. Chan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at UIU, with a global emphasis.)


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