The 2019 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will mark the 37th consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.
This year, the show ring competition takes place Saturday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m., in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair when celebrities will lead 25 steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, Showmanship honors, as well as appealing to the crowd for People’s Choice award. Immediately following the competition the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.
The steer entry from Monroe County in the 2019 Governor’s Charity Steer Show is sponsored by the Monroe County Cattlemen and Local Supporters. The celebrity show person this year is Justine Stevenson with the Seeds of Hope Foundation. The steer was raised by Brianna Wolfer of Albia, and her parents are Doug and Crystal Wolfer. The steer weighed 1,385 pounds at the Monroe County Fair.
Since the Iowa Beef PicIndustry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association began the Governor’s Charity Steer Show in 1983, the effort has raised more than $3.2 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald House Charities. The houses provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children being treated in area hospitals and have served over 44,237 Iowa families; with 215 of those families from Monroe County. Additionally, another 8,000 families from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries have utilized the Iowa facilities.
Youth participating in the 2019 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will also be learning additional information about the beef industry and spokesman training on Thursday, as well as volunteer some time at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Des Moines on Friday, Aug. 9.
“We hope to see all of Monroe County at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 10 to support the Seeds of Hope Foundation, the Beef Industry, the Cattlemen and the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa,” said Monroe County Cattlemen’s secretary-treasurer Stephanie Haywood. “Visit Brianna and her steer, Seeds of Hope before the show near the Big Bull pen near the cattle barn.”