AMES -- Twenty-five entries from throughout the state of Iowa will participate in the 2010 Governor's Charity Steer Show. The show ring competition takes place Saturday, August 14, at 4 p.m., in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair. Immediately following the competition the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.
Since its inception in 1983, the Governor's Charity Steer Show has raised more than $1.7 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald Houses. The houses provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children being treated in area hospitals.
Brad Hook has been selected as the official steer show judge. Brad is a beef producer from Humeston, Iowa. Randy Gibson has been selected to serve as the event's Showmanship Judge. Randy operates Lamoni Livestock Auction in Lamoni, Iowa. Emcees for the event include Bob Quinn from WHO Radio and Andy Petersen from WMT 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 and Ross Butler of Livestock Plus and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.
This annual event is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and hosted by Governor Chet Culver.
Any individual or business interested in participating in this year's event can contact Brian Waddingham at the IBIC, 515 296-2305.