The 25th annual Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show raised $118,125 at this year's Iowa State Fair. This marks the second highest sale total in the event's history. The money goes mainly to help fund the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa and some of it also goes to the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Friends of Regency Commercial topped this year's sale by purchasing a steer sponsored by Regency Commercial for $16,000. The Governor's Charity Steer Show raised $115,625 for the Ronald McDonald Houses and $2,500 for the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction. Governor Chet Culver hosted the 2007 event that was held August 11, 2007 at the Iowa State Fair.
All the money goes to a good cause
Since its inception in 1983, the steer show has raised $1,496,809 for charity. The 2007 sale capped an afternoon of activities which began when 26 steers paraded into the livestock pavilion led by Governor Culver and other celebrity showpersons competing for the title of "Judge's Choice."
The $115,625 raised through the auction will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City. All of the houses are located near hospitals and provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children.
Since this was the 25th Anniversary of the Governor's Charity Steer Show, a special auction took place for one complete set of hats. The twenty-five hats were auctioned off following the sale of the Governor's steer. Steve Kisling of Kisling Custom Cattle purchased the set of hats for $675.
Grand champion steer brings $9,000
The judge for this year's show was professor Brad Skaar from the Iowa State University Animal Science Department. The judge selected the steer "Kool Wave Too," shown by Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake University Athletic Director, for overall grand champion honors. Dee Zee Manufacturing sponsored her steer. Friends of Dee Zee Manufacturing, purchased the steer at the auction for $9,000. Devon Fraker of Brooklyn owned the steer.
Amanda Eason, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2007, was selected by the crowd for the title of "People's Choice." Eason's steer, "Chopper," was sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and purchased by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for $4,800. Kelsey Ford of Milo raised the steer.
Jamie Pollard, Iowa State University athletic director, earned the Showmanship Award. He was selected by special showmanship judge Former Governor Terry Branstad. Pollard's steer, "Frank the Tank," was sponsored by the Benton County Cattlemen and was purchased by Benton County Cattlemen and local support for $6,400. Tyler Krug of New Hall raised the steer.
"Iowa's Pride," a steer shown by Jeff King, earned reserve champion honors. The steer was sponsored by Central Iowa Power Cooperative and purchased by Norm and Mary Van Zante for $2,500. Tyler Lain of Corydon raised the steer.
Emcees for the show were farm broadcaster Bob Quinn, WHO Radio, and Andy Petersen, WMT Radio. 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. Assisting Schooley in catching bids were ringmen Mike Sorensen of Livestock Plus, Jason Lekin of Tama Livestock Auction and Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer.
Young people from throughout Iowa raised the steers that competed for top honors in the Governor's Charity Steer Show. Listed below are the steers and the 26 youth who raised them, along with the sponsors, showpersons and buyers.