Looking back: It was a great 2017 Wisconsin State Fair

Highlights from the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board

Carol Spaeth-Bauer
Wisconsin State Farmer
Blue ribbon cheeses were available for sampling during the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter auction at the Wisconsin State Fair.

WEST ALLIS - The dust has settled at the Wisconsin State Fair arenas, the last remnant of cream puffs washed away, and ribbons and trophies proudly displayed.

Looking back at another successful fair, the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board provided some highlights from the event where 1 million fairgoers learned about the story of Wisconsin's $43.4 billion dairy industry. 

Milking demonstrations were held four times daily, providing string cheese donated by Baker Cheese at the end of each demo. The demo herd was made up of cows from dairy farms including Cozy Nook Farm, Waukesha; Kipp Farms, North Prairie; Lone Acres Farm, North Prairie; and Straussdale Holsteins, Lake Mills. 

Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter auction: record-breaking year brought in more than $56,000. Team Lake Country Dairy of Schuman Cheese in Turtle Lake named the 2017 Grand Master Cheesemaker with its first place entry in the Smear Ripened Cheese classe - Monteau. 

Ben Brancel passes out awards during the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter action at the Wisconsin State Fair prior to his retirement as secretary of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill: over the 11-day course of the fair made more than 55,000 grilled cheese sandwiches, using more than 5,000 pounds of cheese and 1,000 pounds of butter. 

Dairyland Youth Celebration: more than 600 exhibitors participated in the junior dairy and junior dairy goat shows with Supreme Champion and Champion winners receiving $1,000, $500 or $100 cash prizes. 

Open Dairy Show: each exhibitor of a champion cow in the Wisconsin State Fair Open Dairy Show received $500 from the Dairy Promotion Board. 

Winners included - Champion Ayrshire Cow: Lazy M Farm, Stitzer Champion Brown Swiss Cow: Matthew Thompson, Darlington Champion Guernsey Cow: Bruce Kipp, North Prairie Champion Holstein Cow: Brandon Ferry, Hilbert Champion Jersey Cow: Matthew Thompson, Darlington Champion Milking Shorthorn Cow: Ashley Brandel, Lake Mills Champion Red & White Cow: Sarah Wendorf, Ixonia.

Related:AgSource presents State Fair dairy production awards

Related:Four inducted into Dairy Barn Hall of Fame

Scholarships: six students pursuing dairy-related degrees were awarded $1,000 scholarships. 

Winners included - Kati Kindschuh, Brownsville – UW-River Falls, ag marketing communications, minor in dairy science. Elizabeth Sarbacker, Verona – UW-Madison dairy science. Lindsey Sarbacker, Edgerton – UW-Madison, dairy science. Mitchell Schroepfer, Birnamwood – UW-Madison, dairy science and biological systems engineering. Rebecca Shilts, Orfordville – UW-Madison dairy science and life sciences communication. Logan Voigts, Platteville – UW-Madison dairy science.