Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa

Saturday, August 15 

Hansen Ag Student Learning Center

Iowa State University Campus | Ames, Iowa

Livestream begins at 3:00 pm CST

Auction immediately following the show



Sponsor: Iowa Beef Industry & Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

Celebrity: Governor Kim Reynolds

Exhibitor: Tyson Von Glan, Vail

Steer: Mighty Minne



Sponsor: Crawford County Cattlemen & Nor-AM Cold Storage

Celebrity: Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

Exhibitor: Makenzie Smith, Charter Oak

Steer: Merle



Sponsor: Davis County Beef Promoters

Celebrity: David Young, U.S. House Candidate IA-3

Exhibitor: Max Taylor, Bloomfield

Steer: Mello



Sponsor: Mahaska County Cattlemen & Friends

Celebrity: Simon Conway, Newsradio 1040

Exhibitor: Paul DeJong, Lynnville

Steer: Bear 



Sponsor: Central Iowa County Farm Bureaus

Celebrity: Daniel Robison, Dean of Ag & Life Sciences, Iowa State University

Exhibitor: Carson Suchan, Gowrie

Steer: “The Real Deal” Brutus



Sponsor: Des Moines Area Community College

Celebrity: Morgan Knapp, DMACC Student

Exhibitor: Grant Borkowski, Carroll

Steer: Buster



Sponsor: Dee Zee Mfg. (The Quality Truck Accessory People)

Celebrity: State Senator Randy Feenstra, U.S. House Candidate, IA-4

Exhibitor: Kinser Gallagher, Clive

Steer: Clyde



Sponsor: Volunteer Boards of Iowa Ronald McDonald House Charities

Celebrity: Drake Foutch, Son of Paul & Natalie Foutch

Exhibitor: Renee Grimm, Audubon

Steer: Bo



Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Iowa

Celebrity: Reynolds Cramer, Fareway CEO

Exhibitor: Chase Anderson, Boone

Steer: Finn



Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Iowa

Celebrity: Mike McDonough, Son of Ken & Amy McDonough

Exhibitor: Ethan Thimmes, Mechanicsville

Steer: Colt



Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Northwest Iowa

Celebrity: Jaret Lansford, Morning Meteorologist at KTIV-TV

Exhibitor: Hunter Maass, Ida Grove

Steer: McFlurry



Sponsor: Friends of Floyd County

Celebrity: Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Ag

Exhibitor: Delaney Ruzicka, Marble Rock

Steer: Chance


Sponsor: Monroe County Cattlemen & Supporters

Celebrity: Corbitt Wall, DVAuction

Exhibitor: Lauren Bayer, Albia

Steer: Trust Buster 



Sponsor: Iowa County Beef Supporters

Celebrity: Tate Schafer, Cancer Warrior & Boone Myers, Former Iowa Football Player

Exhibitor: Rylee Timm, Guernsey

Steer: Candyman



Sponsor: Foster & Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust & Franklin Co. Supporters

Celebrity: Chip Flory, AgriTalk

Exhibitor: Reeve Wagner, Hampton

Steer: Marbles



Sponsor: Iowa Hereford Breeders Association

Celebrity: Carson King, Venmo Legend

Exhibitor: Jenna Smith, Newton

Steer: Hyde



Sponsor: Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Celebrity: Jim Greif, Iowa Corn Growers Association President

Exhibitor: Isaac Stamp, Walnut

Steer: Maverick 



Sponsor: Johnson County Cattlemen

Celebrity: Jeremiah Moody, Iowa Wrestler

Exhibitor: Kelly Marshek, Iowa City

Steer: Billy Bob



Sponsor: Jackson County Cattlemen Assoc. & Friends of Jackson County Cattlemen

Celebrity: Brittany Gunn, Miss Rodeo Iowa

Exhibitor: Taylor Deppe, Bellevue

Steer: Hollywood



Sponsor: Iowa Veterinary Medical Association & ISU College of Veterinary Medicine

Celebrity: Chris Williams, Cyclone Fanatic

Exhibitor: Garrett Moore, Earlham

Steer: George



District 20 Cattlemen’s Association

Celebrity: John Kuhens, Retired Radio Host KILJ

Exhibitor: Aer’Ronne Johnson, Hillsboro

Steer: Charcoal



Sponsor: Asgrow

Celebrity: Ray ‘Bubba’ Sorensen, Representative for House District 20, Freedom Rock Artist

Exhibitor: Abbi Pfeifer, Russell

Steer: Marc



Sponsor: Iowa Premium, A National Beef Company

Celebrity: Tim Klein, National Beef Packing

Exhibitor: Conner Murty, Gladbrook

Steer: Prime Cut

Steer Show Judge: Chad Holtkamp, West Point, IA

Showmanship Judge: Dr. Dan Thomson, Ames, IA

Show Emcees: Bob Quinn, WHO Radio | Michelle Rook, WNAX | Andy Peterson, WHO and WMT Radio

Auctioneers: Phil Schooley, Bloomfield Livestock | Jared Miller, Leon, IA | Russele Sleep, Bedford, IA

Ringmen: Tom Rooney, Midwest Marketer | Mike Sorensen, Livestock Plus | Jason Lekin, Tama Livestock Auction | Austin Brandt, Midwest Marketer

2017 Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show.





2020 Governor’s Charity Steer Show Comes to Iowa State University

For the first time in its 38 year history, the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show (GCSS) will not be held at the Iowa State Fair. Due to the cancellation of this year’s fair, Iowa State University will host the event.

“We are very honored to host the 38th Annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Learning Center here at Iowa State University,” said Dr. Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. “This event is a great opportunity to showcase how the people of the Iowa cattle industry care about our neighbors in need of help by fundraising for a very worthy cause. We are so excited to help continue this tradition to support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.” Dr. Thomson will serve as this year’s Showmanship Judge.

The event, which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa, will be held on August 15, 2020. Organized by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, the GCSS has raised over $3.8 million to help provide a home away from home for families of children who are being treated in nearby hospitals. Ronald McDonald Houses are located in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Sioux City.

“The Iowa City Ronald McDonald House has had widespread support from University of Iowa celebrities over the years,” says Dr. Thomson. “In good fun and competitive spirit of the CyHawk rivalry, we’re looking forward to showing our friends to the East how it is done at Iowa State to benefit Iowa families in need.”

Twenty-five steers from across the state will compete for the championship designation, showmanship honors, and the People’s Choice award. The steers have been raised by Iowa youth involved in the cattle industry, and celebrities will accompany the young steer owners in the ring. Immediately following the competition, the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Last year’s auction raised more than $284,000.


The event will be invite-only, and participants will be encouraged to follow the university’s social distancing guidelines. The show and auction will be streamed live online, and fans can donate to the cause and vote for the People’s Choice award online.


About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  Producer-directed and consumer-focused, the Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1.50-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand. For more information visit

About the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”


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