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The Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction is back at the Wisconsin State Fair celebrating its 25th year.

The public is invited to attend the live auction on Aug. 9, in the Case IH Coliseum. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.with the live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Office.

Stars of the evening will include the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion meat products from all categories of the 2016 Meat Products Contest, as well as the 2016 Best in Show product. Best of Show is selected from the over 150 entries that were judged and is announced at the auction.

The meat processors who entered the contest include: Almena Meat Company, Brandon Meats & Sausages, Inc., Country Fresh Meats, Eden Meat Market, Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly Inc., Geiss Meat Service, Haen Meat Packing Inc., John Straka, Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Inc., Lake Geneva Country Meats, LeRoy Meats of Horicon, Lodi Sausage Co. & Meat Market, Louie's Finer Meats, Inc., Maplewood Meats, Newton Meats, Inc., Nolechek's Meats, Inc., People's Meat Market, Ray's Market, Rick Kastenson, Sailer's Food Market & Meat, Sixth Street Meat, Wilson Farm Meats, Wisconsin River Meats and Wyttenback Meats.

The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Winners for the categories are:

Bacon —Grand Champion, Haen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna; Reserve Grand Champion, People's Meat Market, Stevens Point.

Bone-In Ham —Grand Champion, Wyttenback Meats, Prairie du Sac; Reserve Grand Champion, Nolechek's Meats, Inc., Thorp.

Summer Sausage —Grand Champion, Maplewood Meats, Green Bay; Reserve Grand Champion, Haen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna.

Dried or Smoked Beef —Grand Champion, Sailer's Food Market & Meat, Elmwood; Reserve Grand Champion, People's Meat Market, Stevens Point.

Flavored Snack Sausages —Grand Champion, People's Meat Market, Stevens Point; Reserve Grand Champion, Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn.

Specialty Cooked Bratwurst —Grand Champion, Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Inc., Kewaskum; Reserve Grand Champion, Country Fresh Meats, Weston.

Whole Muscle Jerky —Grand Champion, Eden Meat Market, Eden; Reserve Grand Champion, Louie's Finer Meats, Inc., Cumberland.

Cured Specialty Meat Product — Grand Champion, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva; Reserve Grand Champion, Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Inc., Kewaskum.

Ring Bologna —Grand Champion, Maplewood Meats, Green Bay; Reserve Grand Champion, People's Meat Market, Stevens Point.

Last year, Governor Walker encouraged attendees to raise their bidder cards high for Wisconsin 4-H youth. In total, over $110,000 was raised in 2015. Sights are set to surpass this record-breaking amount in 2016.

Auction's proceeds support Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth.

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