Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction

The Silver Anniversary Governor’s Blue Ribbon Auction was a great success!

Thank you to all who came and to all who participated in our 25th annual event.

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The best of Wisconsin’s Champion specialty meats like ham, bacon and sausage, plus other special Wisconsin items were sold to the highest bidder in a fast-paced event on August 9, 2016. Generous buyers supported the state’s largest youth organization.

More than $130,000 was raised for the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, beating last year’s record of $110,000! The auction kicked off with Governor Walker and Auctioneer Bob Johnson encouraging over 50 people to raise their bidding signs during a special $102 donation moment in recognition of 4-H’s 102 years of existence. (Click Here to See these Donors)

This event takes place in partnership with UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association. Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Ben Brancel, Scott Gunderson, Dave Koning, Gary Finley and some of Wisconsin’s top auctioneer ring men kept buyers enthusiastic throughout the evening. Among those attending the auction were:  Wisconsin State Fair Park Board Chairman, John Yingling; President of the UW System, Ray Cross; Chancellor of UW-Extension, Cathy Sandeen, and many other dignitaries and supporters of 4-H Youth.

Sponsors of the 2016 event were:


 

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Bob and Jill Nieskes

 


Congratulations to the 2016 Champion Buyers & Meat Products Contest Champions

The 2016 Best of Show Award went to meat processor Maplewood Meats of Green Bay. The company earned the honor for its Flavored Summer Sausage. It sold for $14,000 to a consortium formed by Country Fresh Meats, Bob & Jill Nieskes, Wells Fargo and Egg Innovations.

The Grand Champion, Reserve Grand and 2nd Reserve Grand Champion Winners for the categories are:

FLAVORED BACON

Grand ChampionHaen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna

Buyer:  Meijer

Sales Price: $8,500

*Generously donated back and resold to Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps for $3,500.

Reserve Grand Champion:  Julius Falkavage, LLC /People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Klements Sausage

Sales Price: $3,250

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac

Buyer: Poulson Farms

Sales Price: $2,250

BONE-IN HAM

Grand Champion:  Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac

Buyer: Riteway Bus, Boehlke Bottled Gas, LeRoy Haeuser-Rural Mutual Insurance, Cousins Subs, Saz’s

Sales Price: $3,750

Reserve Grand Champion:  Nolecheck’s Meats, Inc., Thorp

Buyer: UW Provision Company

Sales Price: $3,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Maplewood Meats, Green Bay

Buyer: Crane Farms

Sales Price: $1,900

FLAVORED SUMMER SAUSAGE

Grand Champion:  Maplewood Meats, Green Bay

Buyer: Bob and Jill Nieskes

Sales Price: $3,500

Reserve Grand Champion:  Haen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna

Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps

Sales Price: $2,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Brandon Meats & Sausage, Inc., Brandon

Buyer: Schenck SC

Sales Price: $2,250

DRIED OR SMOKED BEEF

Grand Champion:  Sailer’s Food Market and Meat, Elmwood

Buyer: Rural Mutual Insurance (including $150 each from Egg Innovations and Jim Reid/ADCi)

Sales Price:  $3,300

*Generously donated back and resold to Valerie Johnson, Renk Seed, Marcy Tessmann and Laura Herschleb for $1,500.

Reserve Grand Champion:  Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Daluge Travel

Sales Price: $1,700

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Sixth Street Market, Ashland
Buyer:  Randy Schopen Foundation

Sales Price: $1,500

TRADITIONAL SNACK SAUSAGES

Grand Champion:  Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Egg Innovations

Sales Price: $2,400

Reserve Grand Champion:  Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn

Buyer: Walworth County Meat Eater, Town Bank, Hull Farms

Sales Price: $3,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac

Buyer: Country Fresh Meats

Sales Price: $2,000

*Generously donated back and resold to Wilson Farm Meats for $1,000.

SPECIALTY COOKED BRATWURST

Grand Champion:  Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Kewaskum

Buyer: Cousins Subs, Riteway Bus, Leroy Haeuser-Rural Mutual Insurance, Saz’s, Boehlke Bottled Gas

Sales Price: $4,500

Reserve Grand Champion:  Country Fresh Meats, Weston

Buyer: Cooperative Resources International (CRI)

Sales Price: $3,750

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Badgerland Financial

Sales Price: $1,000

WHOLE MUSCLE JERKY

Grand Champion:  Eden Meat Market, Eden

Buyer: Cooperative Resources International (CRI)

Sales Price: $1,250

Reserve Grand Champion:  Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland

Buyer: Schenck SC

Sales Price: $2,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Haen Meat Packing, Kaukauna

Buyer: Country Fresh Meats

Sales Price: $1,000

*Generously donated back and resold to J&S Machine, Inc. for $1,000.

CURED SPECIALITY MEAT PRODUCT

Grand Champion – Ultimate Bacon:  Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva

Buyer: Merwin Farms and Town Bank

Sales Price: $4,300

Reserve Grand Champion – Italian Salami with Wine:  Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Kewaskum

Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps

Sales Price: $1,600

2nd Reserve Grand Champion – Italian Salami with Wine:  Northwoods Locker, LLC, Clayton

Buyer: Daluge Travel

Sales Price: $800

RING BOLOGNA

Grand Champion:  Maplewood Meats, Green Bay

Buyer: Gibbsville Implement

Sales Price: $2,000

Reserve Grand Champion:  Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Meijer

Sales Price: $1,250

 *Generously donated back and resold to Riteway Bus Company for $500.

2nd Reserve Grand Champion:  Haen Meat Packing, Inc. Kaukauna

Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps

Sales Price: $1,600

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Three other items were auctioned off benefiting the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin 4-H youth. A Wisconsin Package, including a Wisconsin-shaped Summer Sausage courtesy of Kewaskum Frozen Foods of Kewaskum and cheese donated by the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board, was purchased by Meijer for $5,250. Meijer generously donated the product back and it was purchased by Hartmann Sand & Gravel and Egg Innovations for $4,000.

A Five-Foot Party Board that included six flavors of summer sausage, six flavors of snack sausages and a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, provided by Brandon Meats & Sausage of Brandon, was purchased by Wells Fargo for $3,800. Wells Fargo generously donated the product back and it was purchased by Jim Reid/ADCi for $3,250.

Montchevré-Betin, a block of Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese named the Grand Champion Cheese at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair made by Jean Rossard, Belmont, WI, was purchased by Wilson Farm Meats for $1,000.

In addition, generous supporters of 4-H provided more than $20,000 of in-kind goods and services helping to produce the event. (Click Here to See these Contributors)

 


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*Photo credits (4-H Communications Team and Shellie Kappleman Photography)


State Fair 4-H Foundation Affinity Partner Program

Throughout 2016’s UW-Extension Day on August 9th, more than 30 Wisconsin State Fair Vendors donated a portion of their sales to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. In total, over $5,000 was donated by these generous vendors: (Click Here to See the 2016 Partners)

Vendors & Retailers have the opportunity to help support 4-H Youth by joining our 4-H Foundation Affinity Partner Program.  Retailers & Wisconsin State Fair Vendors donate a portion of their sales on the Tuesday of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction event or choose to donate a specific dollar amount.   A 4-H Foundation Affinity Partner point of purchase display sign is located at each participating vendor’s locations.  This awareness encourages consumers & fair-goers to patronize our Affinity Partners.  Please contact us for more details on this special vendor and retail outlet program.

Contact

Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation, Inc.
The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1597
Email: info@Wis4HFoundation.org

Contributions to the Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation

Contributions to the Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation are used to assist the organization in their mission to provide resources to the Wisconsin 4‑H program.

Contributions are made with the understanding that the Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds.

The Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Federal tax identification number is 39-0914868.

Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation is committed to, and morally bound to, a policy of nondiscrimination in regard to race, veteran status, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation as applicable to persons served by it, to staff employment, and to membership on its governing board.

As an organization and as individuals, we take the opportunity to learn and benefit from the divergent perspectives, backgrounds, and abilities each individual brings to the pursuit of our common mission.