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|