Tom Knauer, Avalon, Wisc., will be inducted into the Wisconsin State Fair Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., in the Swine Barn at the Wisconsin State Fair, in West Allis. The award presentation will take place prior to the Supreme Champion Drive that afternoon.
Each year, Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) recognizes an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a long time commitment to the Wisconsin State Fair in the open or junior shows, and to developing a quality breeding program, by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.
Tom is a long-time, successful breeder of high quality Landrace hogs. He has been a consistent exhibitor at the Wisconsin State Fair and has had multiple champions over the years. Tom is a strong advocate for the Wisconsin pork industry and is involved in several organizations supporting agriculture, including serving on the WPA board of directors. Tom and his wife, Marge, have three children: Gary (Crystal), Mark (Nikki), and Sarah (Chris).
Past recipients of this award are:
1992 – John Wollin, Lake Mills
1993 – James Walsh, Beloit
1994 – Lyle Nelson, Oregon
1995 – Don Lang, Beloit
1996 – Gerald McElroy, Pardeeville
1997 – Earl Skalitzky, Waterloo
1998 – Grenview Farms, Beloit
1999 – LaVern & Marilyn Weller, Dwight, Illinois
2000 – Schuster Brothers, Berlin
2001 – Ralph Wilson, Burlington
2002 – James Furlong, Jr., Watertown
2003 – William Schomberg, La Crosse
2004 – Mike & Donna Lindow, Chili
2005 – Wayne Fowler, Cuba City
2006 – George Holst, Trevor
2007 – Francis Fahey, Belleville
2008 – David Gill, Platteville
2009 – Gary Brewer, Albany
2010 – Paul George, Evansville
2011 – Alan Butts, Evansville
2012 – Erv Nuttleman, Bangor
2013 –Roger Guse, Whitehall
2014 – Dennis Jeffers, Poplar Grove, Illinois
2015 – Bill Clothier, Clinton
2016 – Charles Schmaling, Delavan
2017 – Hilman Schroeder, Sauk City
The Wisconsin Pork Association’s mission is to ensure the future success of the Wisconsin pork industry. WPA represents the interests of the pork industry members with a strong emphasis on social issues, public and government policies, environment, animal welfare and safety.