Local Steer in Governor’s Charity Steer Show

Written by Theresa Rose on August 12, 2015

Governor’s Charity Steer Show celebrates 33rd year at Iowa State Fair

AMES, IOWA –The 2015 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will mark the 33rd consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

This year, the show ring competition takes place Saturday, Aug. 15, at 4:00 p.m., in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair when celebrities will lead 25 steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, as well as appealing to the crowd for a showmanship award. Immediately following the competition the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.

Since the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association began the Governor’s Charity Steer Show in 1983, the effort has raised more than $2.5 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald House Charities. The houses provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously‑ill children being treated in area hospitals.

Many participants are involved in this 33rd anniversary event including University of Iowa Quarterback (2008-2012) James Vandeberg who will show a steer owned by Tyler Raub of Mt. Pleasant.

Governor Terry Branstad will again host the show. Beth Doran and Gene Doran will serve as the official steer show judges for this year’s event and Brad Hook has been selected to serve as the event’s Showmanship Judge. Emcees for the event include Bob Quinn of WHO Radio and Michelle Rook of WNAX Radio. The auctioneer is Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock Market and helping him catch bids in the ring are Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer; Mike Sorensen, Ross Butler, and Austin Brandt of Livestock Plus; and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.

Youth participating in the 2015 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will also be learning additional information about the beef industry on Thursday and volunteer some time at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Des Moines on Friday, Aug. 14.

Any individual or business interested in participating in future shows, can contact Doug Bear at IBIC, 515‑296-2305. Special thanks to EDJE for printing the Governor’s Charity Steer Show promotional brochures and Muir Embroidery for sponsoring the volunteer shirts at this year’s event.