Governor’s Charity Steer Show celebrates 32nd year at Iowa State Fair

The 2014 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will to mark the 32nd consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa while their children are being treated for serious conditions.


This year, the show ring competition takes place Saturday, Aug. 9, 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 $2.2 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 32nd anniversary event. Governor Terry Branstad will again host the show. Charlie Peters of Bellevue will serve as the official steer show judge for this year’s event and Mark Dorenkamp 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 of Livestock Plus and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.


In addition, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will welcome a special guest, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show.


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



Steer Owners Shown by
Tori Freeman, Corydon Governor Terry Branstad
Ben Von Glan, Vail Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
Kaylee Snyder, Bloomfield Rick Heller, University of Iowa Baseball Coach
Caleb Burke, Altoona Jerry Parkin, Iowa State Fair Board of Directors
Leah Breon, Oskaloosa Jackie Schmillen, KCWI Great Day
Leah Vierkandt, Alden Bruce Nelson, 2014 ANF Wall of Honor Recipient
Garrett Longnecker, Ames Dr. Rob Denson, President, DMACC
Kole Kimberley, Maxwell Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, Director of Athletics, Drake University
Tanner Knupp, Washington Mike Pearson, Host of Market to Market
Taylor Lekin, Toldeo Scott and Cora Lahr family
Libby Janssen, Wellsburg Dr. Bill Ruud, President, University of Northern Iowa
Bailey Christensen, Adel Dr. Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University
Landra McClellan, Armstrong Suzy Fife, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2014
Kelli Wicks, Rockford Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Max Teno, Albia Jessica VerSteeg, 2014 Miss Iowa United States
Jacob Donohoe, Parnell Bob Sinclair, CEO, Sinclair Tractor
Kendrick Suntken, Belmond Alan Brown, President, Iowa State Fair Board
Kaitlyn & Kasidy Mohwinkle, Aplington Joni Ernst, U.S. Senate Candidate
Carlee Ewoldt, Dysart Chris Soules, As Seen on the Bachelorette
Katie Morris, Centerville Pete Miller, VP of Co-Product Sales, Grain Processing Corp.
Nicole Lange, Harlan Bob Bowman, President, Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Taylor Noonan, Solon John Burchert, Owner, Iowa Chop House
Dylan Madden, Alden Erik Wheater, WHO-TV Channel 13 News
Korey Vogel, Granger Dr. Tim Collision, Collison Embryo
Austin Waller, Bernard Carlee Kelly, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2014