Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction

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Teenage girls take first and second in State Fair Steer Championship


For the last four years, first and second place in the State Fair Steer Championships has gone to the same two teenaged girls.

When it comes to brushing, blow drying and basic beautifying it's the big boys that get all the attention from the girls. And for a very good reason.

"This is my grand champion market steer," said Lauren May about her black steer Drake.

May earned grand champion this year, last year it was Tori Crisp's steer. The two girls have been finishing one and two the last four years. May earned the grand champion spot for three of them. Their secret to success is pretty simple.

"Work on them," Crisp said.

Their parents said the girls do that and more.

"Basically giving up your summers. It's morning, noon and night," said Jodie May, Lauren's mother.

The girls said it's basically their sport and when it comes to State Fair Championship there is nothing higher.

"It's kind of like the Olympics, this is what you want when you are working all summer long on your animals," Jodie said.

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Livestock Auction Results - 2017


WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Aug. 10, 2017 – Wisconsin State Fair Officials and members of the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation are pleased to announce the 49th Annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair was a success. The evening raised a total of $267,000.

Bucky Badger and the UW-Marching Band welcomed bidders and fairgoers to the Case IH Coliseum and set the tone for an exciting night. The exhibitors and their champion animals joined Governor Walker on stage as the auction kicked off. Bidding commenced with the Grand Champion Steer (Crossbred) exhibited by Lauren May of Mineral Point, Wis. in Iowa County. The 1377-pound steer sold for $50,000 with the winning bid from Meijer and Bob Lannin Racing. (Donated to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Scholarship Fund)

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Mission Statement

The Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction has been supporting Wisconsin Youth actively involved in agriculture for 50 years.

Our mission is to educate and encourage Wisconsin State Fair youth exhibitors to produce high quality livestock that will provide wholesome and nutritious products while providing a platform for enhancing and strengthening the agriculture community of Wisconsin, and to foster better understanding of the agriculture industry throughout our society.