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About World Beef Expo

Each year people from around the country visit Milwaukee for one of the Midwest's largest cattle expositions – World Beef Expo.  Over 550 exhibitors from 26 states displayed, exhibited, or sold cattle at the 2020 World Beef Expo. The Open and Junior Shows had almost 1400 entries. Next year's World Beef Expo, which takes place September 23-26, 2021 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, will be the twenty-ninth year of the show. During Expo 2021 we are excited to host an Angus ROV Show and more than two dozen other breed shows. In addition to the Open and Junior Cattle shows, World Beef Expo offers a wide variety of activities. The Pinnacle Sale brings in bidders and spectators on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s events conclude with the Supreme Champion Cattle Drive, a spectacular event showcasing the best of the best. A Collegiate Cattle Judging Contest, Youth Showmanship, an indoor/outdoor trade show, and a youth sweepstakes contest round out the schedule of activities.

People of all ages come to see, show, buy and sell cattle while enjoying a weekend of fun with friends and family! All Events are open to the public. We invite you to join the fun at the 2021 World Beef Expo!

2021 World Beef Expo will be held September 23-26. 

Friends of World Beef Expo Award

The Friends of World Beef Expo Award is presented annually to one or more people who have been chosen in honor of their service throughout the years to World Beef Expo. It is because of these people that the Expo has continued to grow througout the years. The Friends of World Beef Expo award is sponsored by Greg and Eileen Miller.

Friends of World Beef Expo Award Receipients

2020 Ken Hartzell 
2019 Andy Hornung -Cottage Grove, WI
2018 Dave Delong, Janesville, WI
2017, All past winners were honored at the 25th Anniversary Celebration.
2016 Shawn and Nancy Doherty, Watertown, WI.
2015 Mark Brede, Panora, Iowa

   

The 2020 Friend of World Beef Expo Award was presented to Ken Hartzell


L to R: Greg Miller, Marilyn and Ken Hartzell

 

 

 

The Paul May Award


The Paul May Award is presented each year to someone who has done an outstanding job of supporting the World Beef Expo. Recipients are selected by the World Beef Expo Board of Directors for their dedication and commitment to making the World Beef Expo a success. The list of recipients include volunteers for a specific project, long term board members,  long time breed representatives, and others who have given their time and energy to promote the World Beef Expo.  The work of these individuals has greatly contributed to the continued success of this top notch beef show. 

The Award is named for Paul May who was the first President of the World Beef Expo. He was instrumental in organizing the first shows and his commitment and dedication contributed to the overall success and longevity of the World Beef Expo. 

 

Paul May Award Recipients 
1993: Paul May- Mineral Point, WI 
1994: Mike Siemens- Smithfield, VA 
1995: John Weiskircher- Shullsburg, WI 
1996: Ardel Quam- Lodi, WI 
1997: Tim Erickson- Buffalo, MO 
1998: Dick Hauser- Richland Center, WI 
1999: Dr. Robert Walton- Deforest, WI 
2000: Angie Siemens- Smithfield, WI 
2001: Sally Stryffler- Wooster, OH
2002: Dr. Tom Beckett- Birnamwood, WI 
2003: Nancy Thomas- Cobb, WI 
2004: Melvin Haak- Polo, IL 
2005: Diane Handsacker- Lena, IL; Daria Stransky- Owatonna, MN
2006: Tom Tomaw- Barneveld, WI 
2007: Terry & Diane Kegley - Burlington, WI 
2008: Gregg May – Mineral Point, WI 
2009: Glenn Erickson – Neenah, WI 
2010: Greg Miller - Lancaster, WI
2011: Brian Bolan - Oconomowoc, WI
2012: Jerry Huth - Oakfield, WI
2013: Jim Murray 
2014: C.J. Brown - Lindenwood, IL
 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Past Paul May Award winners at the 25th Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors


It takes many volunteers to make World Beef Expo run smoothly. Our committees and board members work year-round to organize and build a successful expo.

 

World Beef Expo Executive Board  

Jim Renn President Term 2, Year 3
Erica Crouch Vice President Term 1, Year 3
Kevin Doherty Treasurer Term 2, Year 2
Joe Scott Secretary Term 1, Year 3
Stephan Kohl   Term 1 Year 1
Tim Klaffke   Term 1, Year 1
Karigan Blue   Term 1, Year 1
Bruce Thorson   Term 1 Year 1
Chris Utegg   Term 1 Year 2
 
Jeff Swenson Ex-Officio  
Andy Hornung Director of Finance