Governor’s Meat Auction Raises $109K

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair celebrated its 29th year by raising nearly $109,000.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, which supports Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth. This year the auction was held at the Wisconsin Exposition Building at the State Fair.

“Enthusiastic 4-H supporters made for an exciting evening,” says Wisconsin 4-H Foundation executive director Brenda Scheider. “Seeing our 4-H youth and adult volunteers working next to our generous donors really brings home what 4-H is all about.”

Mistress of Ceremonies Pam Jahnke, radio and TV agricultural reporter and host, kicked off the night before Master of Ceremonies Ben Brancel of Endeavor and Auctioneer Bob Johnson of Milton, sold 28 champion, reserve champion and honorable mention meat products.

Wisconsin State Fair Chairman of the Board John Yingling presented the 2021 Best of Show Award to meat processor Louie’s Finer Meats, Inc. of Cumberland. Louie’s earned the honor for its entry into the Dried or Smoked Meat division. It sold to a consortium of MaryBeth Carr, Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps and UW Provision Company for $2,000.

See the grand champion, reserve champion and honorable mention winners and their buyers for each of the categories: