HARRISBURG, Pa.. (AP) — COVID-19 worries prompted Pennsylvania's Agriculte Department on Tuesday to announce it will cancel the annual butter sculpture at its 2021 farm show.

The farm show will go on virtually from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, but without the artwork.

“Pennsylvania is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases with higher daily case counts than we saw in the spring,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in a statement. “We simply cannot afford to compromise the health and safety of our staff, the sculptors who would have to travel to Harrisburg, and those involved in recording and broadcasting virtual events,” Redding said.

The annual butter sculpture is sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East and is used to promote “the industry's importance to Pennsylvania's economy.”

Last year’s sculpture featured the mascots of three Pennsylvania sports teams. The Philadelphia Flyers’ Gritty, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steely McBeam were joined in a “tailgate celebration through dairy.”