2019 Scholarship Recipients with Scholarship Fund Donors & Bucky
The winners of $30,500 worth of scholarship from the 2019 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Scholarships have been announced. The Foundation awarded five $2000 awards, six $1500 awards, six $1000 scholarships and ten $500 scholarships – plus a special one-time $500 Rudy VanFleet Memorial Award. Scholarship recipients were presented with a certificate of recognition during the Governor’s Auction on Wednesday evening at the Wisconsin State Fair.
This year’s top scholarships were awarded to Brianna Jones, Big Bend; Danny Pittz, Mineral Point; Ashlyn Schnell, Bonduel; Clayton Walsh, Lyndon Station; and Stephanie Witberler, Edgar. Receiving $1500 scholarships are Laura Ellsworth, Elkhorn; Bree Gaffney, Barneveld; Sara Johnson, Delavan; Brody Jones, Big Bend; Brady Palzkill, Mineral Point; and Vanessa Roberts, Whitelaw. The $1000 winners are Ceara Cull, Hartland; Anna Kitzerow, Cascade; Sierra Koski, Loyal; Erin Rose Montgomery, Waupaca; Cole Weinkauf, Waterford; Brooke Welke, Osseo; and Danielle Zukowski, Menomonie. Rounding out the recipients were the $500 scholarship winners, Lucas Graff, Markesan; Megan Hand, Sheboygan Falls; Wylie Jackson, Kenosha; Autumn King, Big Bend; Mariah Richardson, Dousman; Savannah Siegler, Burlington; Kyle Vondra, Mineral Point; and Brandon Weigel, Platteville.
Additionally for 2019, the Rudy VanFleet memorial scholarship was presented to honor the late Rudy VanFleet, who served as WI State Fair swine superintendent for many years. The recipient was selected based on their involvement in the swine industry and participation in state fair, as well as their overall leadership skills. Stephanie Witerberler of Edgar was selected to receive this one-time award.
Given on an annual basis, the recipients are recognized for their leadership skills, academic achievements, accomplishments as Wisconsin State Fair Junior Livestock exhibitors and potential as future contributors to the livestock industry. The awards are used to assist them with their educational expenses.
The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation manages the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction to provide a platform for enhancing and strengthening the agriculture community of Wisconsin, and to foster better understanding of the agriculture industry throughout our society.
We rhank the 2019 Scholarship Donors: Alsum Farms & Produce, American Foods Group, Caribbean Smoothies, Crane Farms, Dalton Lumber, Giant Slide, Inc., Houdini's Escape, Meijer, Milwaukee Bucks, Premier Insurance Solutions, Siggy's Wild Dog Saloon, Skyfair Inc, Trembling Prairie Farms, II Dog Enterprise, We Energies.
Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers
The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation and Wisconsin State Fair Officials welcomed Governor Tony Evers and First Lady, Kathy Evers to their first Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction. At the conclusion of another successful event, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction, at the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair, raised a total of $255,850.
“Funds raised at the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction support the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation’s mission to educate and support the Wisconsin State Fair youth livestock exhibitors”, says Bob Johnson, President of the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation. “These youth are the future of the Wisconsin livestock industry and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of our auction supporters.” $30,500 in scholarship awards as well as an additional $30,000 to fund Wisconsin State Fair Junior Exhibitor Showmanship, Knowledge Master, and Reserve Champion Awards are awarded annually.
Bucky Badger and The Echoes of Camp Randall kicked off the event, leaving the crowd energized as the first animal stepped onto the stage to sell. The bidding commenced and auctioneer Gary Finley started the night by selling the Grand Champion Steer, weighing in at 1,333 lbs., exhibited by Riley Runkel and sold to Meijer for $47,500.
Congratulations to all of the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Exhibitors who sold their animals in the
2019 Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction.
Below is the list of winning bids:
Reserve Grand Champions