Tom Knauer to be inducted into Wisconsin State Fair Hall of Fame

Wisconsin State Farmer
Tom Knauer

Tom Knauer, Avalon, will be inducted into the Wisconsin State Fair Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., in the Swine Barn at the Wisconsin State Fair, in West Allis. The award presentation will take place prior to the Supreme Champion Drive that afternoon. 

Each year, Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) recognizes an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a long time commitment to the Wisconsin State Fair in the open or junior shows, and to developing a quality breeding program, by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.

Tom is a long-time, successful breeder of high quality Landrace hogs. He has been a consistent exhibitor at the Wisconsin State Fair and has had multiple champions over the years. Tom is a strong advocate for the Wisconsin pork industry and is involved in several organizations supporting agriculture, including serving on the WPA board of directors. Tom and his wife, Marge, have three children: Gary (Crystal), Mark (Nikki), and Sarah (Chris).

Past recipients

1992  - John Wollin, Lake Mills

1993  - James Walsh, Beloit

1994  - Lyle Nelson, Oregon

1995  - Don Lang, Beloit

1996  - Gerald McElroy, Pardeeville

1997  - Earl Skalitzky, Waterloo  

1998  - Grenview Farms, Beloit

1999  - LaVern & Marilyn Weller, Dwight, Illinois

2000  - Schuster Brothers, Berlin

2001  - Ralph Wilson, Burlington

2002  - James Furlong, Jr., Watertown

2003  - William Schomberg, La Crosse

2004  - Mike & Donna Lindow, Chili

2005  - Wayne Fowler, Cuba City

2006  - George Holst, Trevor

2007  - Francis Fahey, Belleville

2008  – David Gill, Platteville

2009  - Gary Brewer, Albany

2010  – Paul George, Evansville

2011  – Alan Butts, Evansville

2012  – Erv Nuttleman, Bangor

2013  –Roger Guse, Whitehall

2014  – Dennis Jeffers, Poplar Grove, Illinois

2015  – Bill Clothier, Clinton

2016  – Charles Schmaling, Delavan

2017  – Hilman Schroeder, Sauk City