The 29th annual Governor's Charity Steer Show raised $106,700 at this year's Iowa State Fair. That total is the fifth highest selling auction for the event to date, for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.
The money 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. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad hosted the 2011 event that was held on Aug. 13, 2011 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.
Since its inception in 1983, the annual Governor's Charity Steer Show at the state fair has raised $1,936,708 for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. The auction capped a beautiful afternoon of weather and activities which began when 23 steers paraded into the livestock pavilion led by Governor Branstad and other celebrity showpersons competing for the title of "Judge's Choice."
First-place steer sells for $13,000; the fourth highest selling steer to date
The judge for this year's show was John Hinners, assistant vice president of Industry Relations at the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Denver, Colorado. The judge selected the steer "Ferdinand," shown by Governor Branstad, for overall grand champion honors. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association sponsored the Governor's steer. McDonald's of Iowa City, Coralville, Williamsburg, Washington and West Branch purchased the steer at the auction for $13,100, fourth highest selling steer to date. Kori Jeanne McLaughlin of Mediapolis owned the steer.
"America Needs Farmers Angus," a steer shown by Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, earned reserve champion honors. His steer was sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and purchased by Iowa Farm Bureau for $5,000 with an additional contribution by Rehder Farms for $500. Cole Lauterbach of Van Meter raised the steer.
Last year's Iowa State Fair Queen earns 2011 Showmanship Award
Billy Huber, PRCA Calf Roping Champion, was selected by the crowd for the title of "People's Choice." Huber's steer, "Pat's Choice," was sponsored by Monroe County Cattlemen and Supporters and purchased by Monroe County Cattlemen and Supporters for $5,400. Brandi Jo Lawless of Albia raised the steer.
Lacy Stevenson, 2010 Iowa State Fair Queen, earned the 2011 Showmanship Award. She was selected by special showmanship judge Brad Skaar of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University in Ames. Stevenson's steer, "Encore," was sponsored by McDonald's of Northwest Iowa and Dr. Pepper. The steer was raised by Taylor Pudenz of Carroll and purchased by Hamilton County Camping Group for $4,000.
Emcees for the show were farm broadcasters Bob Quinn of WHO Radio and Andy Peterson of WMT Radio. A special guest appearance from Ronald McDonald kept the show lively by entertaining the crowd. The auctioneer for the auction was Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock Auction.
A listing of the steers and the 23 youth who raised them, along with the sponsors, celebrity showpersons, and buyers, can be found on the Iowa Beef Industry Council website at www.iabeef.org/.