Governor's Charity Steer Show raises $185,338

Aug 16, 2013
by WLJ

Records were broken as the 31st annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show raised $185,338, the highest selling auction 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. Gov. Terry Branstad hosted the 2013 event held on Aug. 10, 2013, in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.

Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show has raised over $2.27 million for the Ronald Mc- Donald houses of Iowa. The auction, which began when 25 steers paraded into the livestock pavilion, was led by Branstad and other celebrity showpersons competing for the title of “Judge’s Choice.”

The official steer show judge for this year’s show was Jason Lekin of Tama, who manages and owns Tama Livestock Auction. The judge selected the steer “Farm Bureau Pride,” shown by Craig Hill, president of Iowa Farm Bureau, for overall grand champion honors.

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the steer.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation District #5 purchased the steer at the auction for $7,250. Shanee Tate of Renwick owned the steer. Additional donations were made to the sale of the steer by Crop Production Services— LuVerne, First Citizens National Bank and the Tate Family for $2,250.

“Affordably Smart,” a steer shown by Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), earned reserve champion honors. The steer was sponsored by DMACC and purchased by James Oil Co. for $5,000. Cody Fausch of Cambridge raised the steer. Additional donations made by Friends of Cody Fausch and Friends of DMACC were for $4,350.

The steer shown by Cy and Cecil Rhoads was selected by the crowd for the title of “People’s Choice.” The steer, “Cyclone,” was sponsored by Family and Friends of Brayton Shill and purchased by Curran Cattle Co.

for $5,750. Cory Sampson of Nevada raised the steer. An additional donation was made by Family & Friends of Brayton Shill for $500.

Darren Heldt, director of racing at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, earned the Showmanship Award for the second consecutive year. Heldt was selected by Byron Leu, who served as the event’s showmanship judge. Leu recently retired from 27 years of service as the southeast Iowa Beef Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Heldt’s steer, “Blazing 777’s,” was sponsored by Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino. The steer was raised by Emily Washington of Elkhart and purchased by Prairie Meadows Race Track & Casino for $9,750.

Emcees for the show were farm broadcaster Bob Quinn, WHO Radio, and Michelle Rook, WNAX Radio. A special guest appearance from Ronald McDonald kept the show lively. The auctioneer for the auction was Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock. Catching bids alongside Schooley were Mike Sorensen and Ross Butler of Livestock Plus, Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer, and Jason Lekin of Tama Livestock Auction. — WLJ