Having taken on the Waukesha County Fair, intrepid Lake Country Publications/NOW reporter Megan Sukovich now takes us on the tilt-a-whirlwind adventure that is the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair.
The 23rd Annual Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised a record breaking high at yesterday’s auction. Bidders and bystanders alike gathered in the shaded Case IH Coliseum and raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.
The program’s Master of Ceremonies, Bob Meyer of Brownfield Ag News set a goal for bidders to help raise $100,000 in honor of the 100 year 4-H anniversary. Meyer said, “Tonight you play a big roll in supporting 4-H and supporting these kids.”
The generous contributors beat that goal with flying colors.
The highest bid went to Maplewood Meats, the meat processor from Green Bay and the 2014 Best in Show. Maplewood Meats, who earned the honor for their Summer Sausage, competed against over 100 entries for the coveted title. The Best in Show summer sausage sold for $16,000 to a consortium formed by Egg Innovations, Country Fresh Meats, Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps, and Bob and Jill Nieskes.
Auctioneers Bob Johnson and Gary Finley, emcee Bob Meyer and Governor Scott Walker worked to sell not only each Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Entries from the Wisconsin State Fair Meat Products Contest, but also several Wisconsin-themed packages including a Badger Football Package. On Wisconsin!
Established in 1955, 4-H began as a small club of seven kids in Walworth County to create connections in the agriculture industry. Today, over 350,000 youth are supported by some sort of 4-H program. The money raised at last night’s Meat Products Auction will contribute to statewide programs, youth programs, and scholarships supporting the leaders of tomorrow. Head to the fair tonight to participate in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction starting at 6:30 p.m. to help contribute to Wisconsin’s youth and agricultural community. Join the revolution of responsibility and visit http://wis4hfoundation.org/