Celebrating its 27th year, the 2018 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised over $100,000 to benefit the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, which supports 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth. It was held on Aug. 7 at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.
The 2018 Best of Show Award went to meat processor Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Inc. of Elmwood. The meat processor earned the honor for its Salami, which sold to Egg Innovations for $2,000.
The Grand Champion, 1st Reserve Champion and 2nd Reserve Champion are listed under their product category by processor name, processor location, sale price and purchaser:
Flavored Bacon: Grand Champion Haen Meat Packing, Inc., Kaukauna, $4,000 to Frost PLLC; 1st Reserve Champion, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva, $4,500 to Hull Farms and Jones Family Farm — Chris Jones; 2nd Reserve Champion Roskom Meats, Kaukauna, $2,750 to Meijer, Inc.
Bone-In Ham: Grand Champion Haen Meay Packing, Inc., Kaukauna, $5,600 to Boehlke Bottled Gas, GoRiteway, Badger State Auction, Saz’s and Cousins Subs; 1st Reserve Champion Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva, $5,300 to Klement Sausage Company, Inc.; 2nd Reserve Champion Newton Meats, Inc., Newton, $2,000 to Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps.
Flavored Summer Sausage: Grand Champion Karl’s Country Market, Menomonee Falls, $3,700 to Egg Innovations; 1st Reserve Champion Lodi Sausage Company and Meat Market, Lodi, $2,000 to Meijer, Inc.; 2nd Reserve Champion Newton Meats, Inc., Newton, $1,500 to Gibbsville, Implement.
Dried or Smoked Beef: Grand Champion Sailer’s Market and Meat Processing, Inc., Elmwood, $1,600 to Cooperative Resources International; 1st Reserve Champion People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point, $1,200 to Randy Schopen Memorial Foundation; 2nd Reserve Champion Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, $1,000 to Town Bank.
Flavored Snack Sausages: Grand Champion Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn, $3,500 to Merwin Farms, Becky and Ernie Merwin; 1st Reserve Champion Haen Meat Packing, Kaukauna, $2,500 to Wells Fargo Bank; 2nd Reserve Champion Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland,$1,250 to Daluge Travel, Rick and Peggy Daluge.
Cooked Bratwurst: Grand Champion Ray’s Market, Colby, $2,500 to Crane Farms; 1st Reserve Champion The Meat Block, LLC, Greenville, $2,000 to Meijer, Inc.; 2nd Reserve Champion Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, $2,000 to Hartmann Sand and Gravel.
Whole Muscle Jerky: Grand Champion Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva, $4,500 to Hull Farms and Jones Family Farm — Chris Jones; 1st Reserve Champion Karl’s Country Market, Menomonee Falls, $1,250 to Meijer, Inc.; 2nd Reserve Champion Louie Finer Meats, Cumberland, $1,000 to J&S Machine.
Cured Specialty Meat Product: Grand Champion -Salami Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Elmwood, $1,500 to Meijer, Inc.; 1st Reserve Champion — Smoked Brisket Sixth Street Market, Ashland, $1,000 to Compeer Financial; 2nd Reserve Champion — Cottage Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn, $3,000 to Town Bank and Bill Thompson.
Ring Bologna: Grand Champion Sixth Street Market, Ashland, $1,200 to Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps; 1st Reserve Champion Haen Meat Packing, Inc., Kaukauna, $1,250 to Bob and Jill Nieskes; 2nd Reserve Champion Northwoods Locker LLC, Clayton, $900 to Hartmann Sand and Gravel.
Another item was auctioned off benefiting the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin 4-H youth — a Wisconsin-shaped Summer Sausage, courtesy of Kewaskum Frozen Foods of Kewaskum. The sausage was purchased by Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation and Rural Mutual Insurance for $3,750.
Throughout the day of the sale, various Wisconsin State Fair vendors also donated a portion of their sales to the Meat Productions Auction and Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. In total, nearly $1,000 was donated by these generous vendors.