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

Author: Kristy

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. 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.

To date, here are the steer owners and the celebrity showing their steer

Steer Owners Shown by
Sam Burmeister, Muscatine Governor Terry Branstad
Reagen Miller, Charter Oak Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
Hayden Watson, Bloomfield Bob Sinclair, CEO, Sinclair Tractor
Lindsay Breon, Oskaloosa Dr. Dorian Garrick, Lush Chair, Iowa State University
Jaynie Ferrari, Dayton Congressman David Young
Dan Eslick, Dayton Dr. Rob Denson, President, DMACC
Emma Hay, Maxwell Earl F. “Marty” Martin, President, Drake University
Hayden Van Meter, Red Oak Mike Pearson, Market to Market
Garett Wurzer, Waucoma Earl & Keri McAlexander family
Lane Koch, Tama Dr. Bill Ruud, President, University of Northern Iowa
Ty Schneider, Lacona Dr. Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University
Brady Janssen, Gilmore City Hannah Hilsabeck, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2015
Shau Landt, Charles City Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Blake Lawless, Albia Dr. Marlene Sprouse, President, Indian Hills Comm. College
Richard Wetjen, Williamsburg Jon Kinzenbaw, President & CEO, Kinze Manufacturing
Isaiah Noelck, Hampton Andrea Glick, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2015
Jarrett Orman, Bouton Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator
Isaac Wiley, Walker Scott Eisenhauer, P&K John Deere General Manager
Nick Pedersen, Underwood Chris Edgington, President, Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Moriah Johnson, Oxford Jess Settles, Big Ten Network Basketball Analyst
Hunter Holdgrafer, Bryant Ed Greiman, Past President Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
Colby Lillegard, Bondurant Mary Mosiman, Iowa Auditor of State
Mitch Holcomb, Winterset Eddie Hatfield, Hatfield and McCoy 92.5 KJJY
Tyler Raub, Mt. Pleasant James Vandenberg, University of Iowa Quarterback (2008-2012)
Sadie Graham, Stanton Jim Miller, Wartburg Wrestling Coach Emeritus

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.


Editor’s Note:  The following pages include information on steer show sponsors. Please review the list to find sponsors that your readers, viewers or listeners may know.

About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit

About the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association:  The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”

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