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WEST ALLIS – The hot, humid weather couldn't stifle the enthusiasm of bidders during the 48th Annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.

Bucky Badger and the UW-Marching Band greeted bidders and the standing room only crowd inside the Case IH Coliseum on Aug. 10. Governor Scott Walker brought along his nieces to help work the crowd for the 25 youth that paraded their animals across the blue carpeted stage.

The evening raised $321,950. Last year's auction garnered a record-breaking $419,750 in bids.

The standing room only crowd roared with approval as KenoshaWisconsin placed the evening's highest bid of $52,500 for Tori Crisp's grand champion (crossbred) steer. Although Crisp has been raising beef cattle at her Union Grove homestead, it was the first time that the 13-year-old has shown at the Wisconsin State Fair.

While Crisp earned her way onto the Governor's Auction on her first try, others - like Cody Adams of Platteville - have been seeking the elite invitation for years. Adams won champion AOB with his shorthorn steer plus.

"My family has been trying to get an animal into the auction for years. I'm the youngest in my family and this is my last year of showing, so I guess our hard work finally paid off," Adams said.

Others were pleasantly surprised to be participating in the premier event.

"I knew I had a good lamb but I didn't know I was going to do as well as I did today," said Kailen Smerchek,14, of Marathon County. "It was hot out there in the show ring, but I've learned to keep showing through the entire class."

Making her first appearance in the Governor's Auction was Trenna Cherney of Juneau County. Cherney exhibited the fifth overall market hog and said she put many hours into getting her animal ready for Wisconsin State Fair.

"My sister and I have always talked about going to the Governor's Auction but my dad kept telling us it takes a lot of hard work over the years to make it there," Cherney said. "After the show yesterday, my dad was crying and hugged me, saying 'You worked really hard to get there'. So that was kind of neat."

The winners and buyers are as follows:

  • Grand Champion Steer (Crossbred) exhibited by Tori Crisp of Racine County; Winning Bid of $52,500 by Kenosha Beef International/Birchwood Foods
  • Grand Champion Barrow (Crossbred) exhibited by Bryce Friday of Green Lake County; Winning Bid of $17,600 by Meijer and Fire Wagon Racing
  • Grand Champion Lamb (Crossbred) exhibited by Reid Suddeth of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $16,000 by Wal-Mart
  • Reserve Grand Champion Steer (Crossbred) exhibited by Lauren May of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $15,000 by Meijer
  • Reserve Grand Champion Barrow (Yorkshire) exhibited by Carly Tibbits of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $13,000 by Johnsonville Sausage
  • Reserve Grand Champion Lamb (Hampshire) exhibited by Sara Johnson of Walworth County; Winning Bid of $15,000 by Meijer (a sale record)
  • Champion Maine-Anjou Steer exhibited by Tori Kohlway of Sheboygan County; Winning Bid of $14,000 by Beechwood Sales & Service
  • Champion Duroc Barrow exhibited by Danny Pitz of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $7,500 by Statewide Fencing Inc. and Interstate Parking
  • Champion Natural Colored Lamb exhibited by Malorie Johnson of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $3,000 by Active Property Management Group and Cable Contract Services
  • Champion Chianina Steer exhibited by Austin Lynd of Rock County; Winning Bid of $12,000 by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps
  • Champion Hampshire Barrow exhibited by Cole Weinkauf of Racine County; Winning Bid of $12,000 by Beechwood Sales & Service
  • Champion Suffolk Lamb exhibited by Brady Meudt of Walworth County; Winning Bid of $5,500 by the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz’s, Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s, Trawicki Electric, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Country Fresh Meats, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Master Z’s, Milwaukee Admirals and Major Goolsby’s
  • Champion Shorthorn Steer exhibited by Shade Bunker of Monroe County; Winning Bid of $8,500 by Coca-Cola Refreshments and Kwik Trip
  • Champion Chester White Barrow exhibited by Trenna Cherney of Juneau County; Winning Bid of $8,000 by MillerCoors
  • Champion Dorset Lamb exhibited by Kassandra Palzkill of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $4,500 by Meijer
  • Champion Any Other Breed Steer exhibited by Cody Adams of Grant County; Winning Bid of $7,000 by Giant Slide Inc., II Dog Enterprise, SkyFair Inc., G&G Concessions, Caribbean Smoothies & Siggy’s and Crutchee’s Concessions
  • Champion Spotted Barrow exhibited by Kelsee Fargo of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $5,000 by Bob May Show Cattle
  • Champion Any Other Breed Lamb exhibited by Brooke Ace of Dane County; Winning Bid of $3,000 by J&J Tree Service
  • Champion Angus Steer exhibited by Kelsee Fargo of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $15,500 by Kevin Schuele, Minor’s Garden Center, Advanced Fun Technology/Ejection Seat, Halbman Co., Mindemann Farms, Country Lane Farm, Windy Pine Cattle, and Mark Weigel
  • Champion Poland China Barrow exhibited by Mercedes Schulz of Green Lake County; Winning Bid of $6,500 by Alsum Farms & Produce, Dalton Lumber, and Trembling Prairie Farms
  • Champion Shropshire Lamb exhibited by Kailen Smerchek of Marathon County; Winning Bid of $3,750 by Collins Sanitary
  • Champion Hereford Steer exhibited by Madison Katzenberg of Green County; Winning Bid of $9,000 by Meijer
  • Champion Berkshire Barrow exhibited by Kora Gunderson of Racine County; Winning Bid of $8,500 by Go Riteway and the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz’s, Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s, Trawicki Electric, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Country Fresh Meats, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Master Z’s, Milwaukee Admirals and Major Goolsby’s
  • Champion Simmental Steer exhibited by Peyton Leisgang of Outagamie County; Winning Bid of $7,000 by Alsum Farms & Produce, Dalton Lumber, and Trembling Prairie Farms
  • Champion Any Other Breed Barrow exhibited by Cole Weinkauf of Racine County; Winning Bid of $5,000 by We Energies
  • Champion Registered Dairy Steer exhibited by Andrea Trost of Iowa County; Winning Bid of $12,000 by American Foods Group
  • Champion Hereford Barrow exhibited by Alex Tesarik of Manitowoc County; Winning Bid of $16,000 by Meijer, MillerCoors and the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz’s, Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s, Trawicki Electric, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Country Fresh Meats, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Master Z’s, Milwaukee Admirals and Major Goolsby’s

Each exhibitor receives 80 percent of the winning bid with the remaining 20 percent funneled towards youth scholarships, grants and auction expenses.

In addition, four Wisconsin sports packages and an original art piece were also auctioned off:

  • A one-of-a-kind Brett Favre and Bart Starr tribute print autographed by Favre and entitled “The Ring of Honor,” which includes the Hall of Fame official NFL patch and a tribute to Favre by other well-known world athletes, went to Kenosha Beef International/Birchwood Foods for $4,000
  • A suite at Camp Randall for the October 29th game against Nebraska, including a private suite, 20 tickets, five parking passes, food buffet and more, went to Badger State Auction & Reality for $7,500
  • A print for a true Packer fan, autographed by Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rogers, which includes replica Super Bowl tickets and replica Super Bowl rings, went to Alsum Farms & Produce for $2,600
  • A framed and autographed Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson jersey went to James Villa for $2,500

The original, winning artwork for the 2016 Commemorative Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Competition went to Interstate Parking for $3,000

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