Voice of Governor's auction recognized

Colleen Kottke, Associate Editor
Gov. Scott Walker (right) holds up the proclamation declaring Aug. 10 2016 as "Bob Johnson Day" during the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction. Johnson (left) has been the "Voice" of the Governor's Auction for 36 years.


For over three decades Bob Johnson's familiar voice has resonated through the coliseum at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Known as the Voice of the Governor's Blue Ribbon auction, Johnson was at a loss for words when Gov. Scott Walker went off script at the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock auction in the IH Case Coliseum on Aug. 10.

"Whether its the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation auction or the Blue Ribbon auction one thing is constant: Bob Johnson has been there," Gov. Walker said. "He's been a superintendent here on the grounds helping out with state fair sheep, 4-H and FFA - he's done it all. So I am officially proclaiming it to be Bob Johnson Day all over the state of Wisconsin in honor of a man who has poured his heart and soul into this auction, to this Fair, the young people, the state and agriculture."

Johnson become involved with serving as emcee of the auctions in 1977 and had hoped to make it to the 40-year milestone.

"It's been a pleasure working with the committee over the years. My goal and aim has always been to help and promote agriculture and to always support and help the young people in the ag industry to become tomorrow's leaders," Johnson said.