College basketball star Caitlin Clark gets butter sculpture at Iowa State Fair

Clark is preparing for her senior season

Caitlin Clark’s stardom has reached new levels. 

The Iowa Hawkeyes basketball star took the sports world by storm during the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season, leading the Hawkeyes to a Final Four berth before losing to LSU in the national championship game. 

Caitlin Clark dribbles

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, dribbles the ball against the Louisiana State Tigers during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament National Championship at American Airlines Center on April 2, 2023 in Dallas. ( Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Clark will return to Iowa City for her senior season with her stardom at an all-time high


At the Iowa State Fair, which runs from Aug. 10 to 20, a butter sculpture of Clark was revealed, taking the legend of Clark to a new level. 

Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds posted a photo alongside Clark’s butter sculpture on Thursday, along with the famous Iowa State Butter Cow, which dates back to 1911. 

Clark is not the only Iowa athlete to be featured in butter, with Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and Jack Trice, Iowa State’s first African-American athlete, also receiving the honor. 


The Iowa State football stadium is named after Trice. 

Butter sculptures at the Iowa State Fair

Fairgoers stop to view the butter sculptures, the cow, Caitlin Clark, Kurt Warner and Jack Trice, on the first day of the Iowa State Fair, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, in Des Moines. (Kelsey Kremer/The Register / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Clark and the Hawkeyes became household names after defeating South Carolina in the Final Four, snapping a 42-game winning streak for the Gamecocks. 

They went on to lose to LSU in the most-viewed women’s college basketball game on record, with 9.9 million viewers tuning in, according to ESPN. 

The hype around Clark’s senior season started almost immediately after Iowa’s loss, with fans clamoring to get a chance to see the 2023 Wooden Award winner in person. 

Caitlin Clark after defeating South Carolina

Caitlin Clark, #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, celebrates after the Iowa Hawkeyes beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four semifinal game at American Airlines Center on March 31, 2023 in Dallas. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The University of Iowa was forced to pause the selling of season tickets in April for the 2023-24 season due to high demand. 

Clark will be eligible to enter the WNBA Draft in 2024, though she could use her COVID-19 fifth year of eligibility. 

"I have another year here [Iowa] and possibly one more after that just because of that. I probably will have to make a decision on that sometime next year. I really have no clue what I’m going to do. Stay for an extra year or leave after next year," Clark said on "The Dan Patrick Show" in February.

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