The 26th annual Governor's Charity Steer Show raised $100,550 last week for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction as a feature event at the Iowa State Fair. Gov. Chet Culver hosted the 2008 steer show which was held August 9 at the state fair. Since its inception in 1983, the Governor's Charity Steer Show has raised $1,598,628 for charity. This year's show and auction capped an afternoon of activity which began when 24 steers paraded into the livestock pavilion led by Gov. Culver and other celebrity showpersons competing for the title of "Judge's Choice." The $100,550 raised through the auction benefits Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City. All of the houses are near hospitals and provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children.
Money is raised to help a good cause
The judge for this year's show was Ed Greiman of Garner, Iowa. The judge selected the steer "O'Malley," shown by Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, for overall grand champion honors. The Floyd County Cattlemen and Friends of Floyd County sponsored Northey's steer. The Floyd County Coalition purchased the steer at the auction for $9,000. Josh Becker of Charles City owned the steer. Wayne Wierson, A.B.A.T.E. Share the Road Coordinator, was selected by the crowd for the title of "People's Choice." Wierson's steer, "Tabasco," was sponsored by A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa and purchased by OSI Industries and Data Power Technologies for $3,000. Josh Vander Molen of Sully raised the steer.
Rachel Burton, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa, earned the Showmanship Award. She was selected by special showmanship judge Jim Bradford of the Brad Z Ranch near Guthrie Center, Iowa. Burton's steer, "O'Malley," was sponsored by the Northwest Iowa Cattlemen's Associations and was purchased by Cookies Food Products and West Side State Bank for $2,500. Adrianna Junck of Sioux City raised the steer. "Big Mark," a steer shown by Mark Pearson, earned reserve champion. The steer was sponsored by Iowa Bankers Association and purchased by Agriprocessors of Postville for $6,000. James McCain of Malcom raised the steer. A special appearance from Ronald McDonald kept the show lively and delighted the crowd.
The auctioneer for the sale was Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock. Young people from throughout Iowa raised the steers that competed for top honors in the Governor's Charity Steer Show. "We thank the 24 youth who raised these steers, along with the sponsors, showpersons and buyers," says Brian Waddingham, director of industry relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council. "Iowa cattle producers are proud to support this great cause."