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Teenage girls take first and second in State Fair Steer Championship

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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

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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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2017 Scholarship Information

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The opportunity to apply for a 2017 Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Scholarship concluded on April 15, 2017.  We want to thank the 40+ junior exhibitors who submitted applications.

The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation will award $30,000 in scholarship awards at the 2017 Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction, Wednesday, August 9th.  There will be five $2000 scholarships, six $1,500 awards, seven $1000 scholarships, and eight $500 scholarships. These scholarships recognize the achievements of Wisconsin State Fair Junior Livestock exhibitors and assist them with their educational expenses.

The Eligibility Requirements were:

1. Individuals must be between the ages of 17-19 as of January 1st of the current year.

2. Individuals must be a current or past junior livestock exhibitor who has exhibited beef, sheep, and/or swine at the Wisconsin State Fair.

3. Individuals must pursue a post high school education, and be enrolled or planning to enroll in a University, Vocational/Technical School or University short course.

4. Only one scholarship will be awarded per individual.


The Scholarship Procedure was:

1 All applicants were required to complete and return a 2017 Scholarship Application either on-line, via email or regular mail to be submitted no later than April 15, 2017.

2. Twenty six recipients will be chosen from the applications received by the scholarship committee. The top eleven finalists will interview for the top awards. These are one-time scholarships.

3. Applications will be judged on the following basis: State Fair participation, 35%; Leadership activities, 30%; Interview, 20%; Scholastic Achievement, 10%; Career plans, 5%.

4. Each of the eleven finalists will be interviewed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to determine the top scholarship winners.

5. The top candidates will receive the scholarships regardless of species exhibited.

6. Winners will be recognized at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

7. The scholarship will be awarded after receiving a copy of the class schedule for the fall semester.

For More Information Contact: Mary Beth Carr / Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation at 414-477-6030 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it