Bill Clothier, Clinton, was inducted into the Wisconsin State Fair Hall of Fame on Aug. 7 during the Wisconsin State Fair, in West Allis.
Each year, Wisconsin Pork Association 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.
Clothier grew up on his family's farm in South Beloit, Ill. He participated in 4-H and FFA throughout his youth, and upon graduating high school his interest in the hog industry continued to grow. Bill and his wife, Peggy, purchased their first farm in Clinton and began raising and showing pigs. He purchased his first Durocs from Charles Schmaling and showed the breed until the late 1980s. He then became interested in the Berkshire breed and for the last 28 years, the Clothiers have raised and shown "Berkshire gold" pigs.
He first began showing "Clothier Durocs" at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1973 and in 1979 he won his very first big award, reserve senior champion Duroc gilt. After showing Durcos for several years, he then began showing Clothier Farms Berkshire and Tamworth hogs. The Clothiers have earned numerous awards at the Wisconsin State Fair, including the 1998, 1999, and 2000 Grand Champion Berkshire boar, 2010 Supreme Champion boar, 2011 Grand Champion Tamworth boar, and the 2014 Grand Champion Tamworth boar and gilt.
Showing pigs and fair time has always been a special tradition for the Clothier family. Bill's parents, Bob and Gerry, along with his sister, Cathy, were very fond of attending hog shows. Together, Bill and his son Jon operate Clothier Genetics and the family tradition of raising and showing Berkshire and Tamworth pigs continues to be enjoyed by the younger generations. Heand his wife Peggy reside in Clinton and have seven children.
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 and Marilyn Weller, Dwight, Ill.
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, Ill.
The Wisconsin Pork Association's mission is to insure 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.