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WEST ALLIS – Governor Scott Walker will host the 50th Annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction tonight at the Wisconsin State Fair. The auction supports Wisconsin State Fair Junior Livestock exhibitors, who raise and show the animals that have been awarded breed champion status in beef, sheep, and swine.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year because it supports Wisconsin youth in agriculture, and it’s a lot of fun,” Governor Walker said. “The proceeds provide scholarships to those who will drive the agriculture industry forward for years to come. It’s going to be another great year!”

In 2017, $267,000 were raised to support Wisconsin youth, which included the sale of a 1,377-pound steer for $50,000.

The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation offers $30,000 in scholarships that will be divided among 26 different awards. To be eligible, exhibitors must be between the ages of 17-19, be a current or past junior livestock exhibitor who has exhibited beef, sheep, and/or swine at the Wisconsin State Fair, and be pursuing a post high school education. The scholarships are awarded based on State Fair participation, leadership activities, interview, scholastic achievement, and career plans.

In honor of the Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction’s 50th Anniversary, Governor Walker declared August 8, 2018 as Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Day. The proclamation is available here.