Iowa Governor's Charity Steer Show Is Saturday

Brynn Nickle will participate in the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show. ( Iowa Cattlemen )

The Iowa State Fair on Saturday will host the 37th annual Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show, an event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Since 1983 the efforts have raised more than $3.5 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 nearly 47,000 families.

Last year the champion steer sold for $66,504 at auction after the show.

Among this year’s entrants is Brynn Nickle, 16, who was a newborn with pneumonia hospitalized in Blank Children’s Hospital when her parents were able to utilize the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines. Brynn spent a week in the hospital, and her parents, Nathan and Stasia, said of the Ronald McDonald House, “It was a very comforting place to be during a scary time.”

Today, Brynn is a high school student from Clearfield, IA, who has been showing cattle for 7 years, and she is one of 25 young Iowans who will show a steer in the competition that begins at 4 p.m. in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion. Celebrities will accompany the young steer owners, leading cattle around the ring while vying for the championship designation, showmanship honors and the 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.

Donations to the Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show can be made online at:


Participants in this 37th anniversary event include Governor Kim Reynolds, who will host the show. Bryan Thill, Pleasantville, will serve as the official steer show judge for this year’s event and Bubba Chapman of Tipton has been selected to serve as the event’s Showmanship Judge.

Emcees for the event include Bob Quinn and Andy Peterson of WHO/WMT Radio and Michelle Rook of WNAX Radio. The auctioneers are Phil Schooley of Bloomfield, Will Epperly of Dunlap, Russele Sleep of Bedford, and Jared Miller of Leon. Catching bids in the ring are Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer; Mike Sorensen and Austin Brandt of Livestock Plus; and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.

Steer #  1

Sponsor:  Iowa Beef Industry Council & Iowa Cattlemen's Association

Celebrity & Title:  Governor Kim Reynolds.  Steer Name:  Wilson

Steer Owner:  Katie Van Den Top, Hull   


Steer #  2

Sponsor:  Crawford County Cattlemen & Nor-AM Cold Storage

Celebrity & Title:  Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.  Steer Name:  Richard

Steer Owner:  Makia Smith, Charter Oak


Steer #  3

Sponsor:  Davis County Beef Promoters

Celebrity & Title:  Rachelle Heller, Wife of University of Iowa Head Baseball Coach, Rick Heller.  Steer Name:  Roto

Steer Owner:  Tayden Bish, Bloomfield


Steer #  4

Sponsor:  Southern Iowa Merchants Association

Celebrity & Title:  Matt Gunn, Owner of Wood Iron Grille, 2019 Best Burger Winner.  Steer Name:  Buck

Steer Owner:  Kinley Lobberecht, Oskaloosa


Steer #  5

Sponsor:  Central Iowa County Farm Bureaus

Celebrity & Title:  Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau President.  Steer Name:  Real Deal

Steer Owner:  Paisley Lautner, Jefferson


Steer #  6

Sponsor:  Des Moines Area Community College

Celebrity & Title:  Rob Denson, President, DMACC. Steer Name:  DMACC Delivers

Steer Owner:  Bronson Forsyth, Charles City


Steer #  7

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

Celebrity & Title:  Dan Robison, Iowa State University Dean of Ag and Life Sciences. Steer Name:  Trump

Steer Owner:  Quin McCollum, Colo


Steer #  8

Sponsor:  Iowa Bankers Association

Celebrity & Title:  Mike Pearson, Co-host of Ag News Daily Podcast and VP of Zaner Group. Steer Name:  Richard

Steer Owner:  Kerrigan Mobley, Diagonal


Steer #  9

Sponsor:  Volunteer Boards of Iowa Ronald McDonald House Charities

Celebrity & Title:  Marcia Morales, RMH Volunteer. Steer Name:  Thanks-A-Million

Steer Owner:  Eric Plagman, Cumberland


Steer #  10

Sponsor:  McDonald’s Restaurants of Iowa

Celebrity & Title:  Hunter Lantz, patient and Erin McMahon, Caregiver. Steer Name:  Hot Off The Grill

Steer Owner:  Tate Boysen, Columbus Junction


Steer #  11

Sponsor:  McDonald’s Restaurants of Iowa

Celebrity & Title:              Steer Name:  Grand McExtreme

Steer Owner:  Jake Balvanz, Alden


Steer #  12

Sponsor:  McDonald's Restaurants of Northwest Iowa

Celebrity & Title:  Rachael Ostrem, Miss Rodeo Iowa. Steer Name:  Mc'D

Steer Owner:  Samantha Noteboom, Sheldon


Steer #  13

Sponsor:  Friends of Floyd County

Celebrity & Title:  Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Steer Name:  Rocky

Steer Owner:  Dillan Dight, Rockford


Steer #  14

Sponsor:  Monroe County Cattlemen & Supporters

Celebrity & Title:  Justine Stevenson, Seeds of Hope Foundation. Steer Name:  Seeds of Hope

Steer Owner:  Brianna Wolfer, Albia


Steer #  15

Sponsor:  Iowa County Beef Supporters

Celebrity & Title:  John Putney, Former Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation Steer Name:  Hoppy

Steer Owner:  George Sinclair, Williamsburg


Steer #  16

Sponsor:  Foster and Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust & Friends of the Franklin County Cattlemen

Celebrity & Title:  Alan Brown, Iowa State Fair Board. Steer Name:  Cy 

Steer Owner:  Kaylie Lundt, Rockwell


Steer #  17

Sponsor:  Iowa Hereford Breeders Association

Celebrity & Title:  Ray Sorensen, Freedom Rock Artist & Dist. 20 State Representative. Steer Name:  Ace of Hearts

Steer Owner:  Sidney Schafer, Wellsburg


Steer #  18

Sponsor:  Benton County Cattlemen and Local Supporters

Celebrity & Title:  Randy Edeker, President and CEO, Hy-Vee Inc. Steer Name:  Walter

Steer Owner:  MaKenna Burmeister, Rowley


Steer #  19

Sponsor:  Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Celebrity & Title:  Curt Mether, President of Iowa Corn Growers Assoc. Steer Name:  T-Bone

Steer Owner:  Brynn Nickle, Clearfield


Steer #  20

Sponsor:  Johnson Co Cattlemen

Celebrity & Title:  Mary Ferentz, Wife of University of Iowa Head Football Coach, Kirk Ferentz. Steer Name:  Cisco

Steer Owner:  Delaney Bulecek, Oxford


Steer #  21

Sponsor:  Jackson Co Cattlemen & Friends of Jackson County Cattlemen

Celebrity & Title:  Brian Moore, Former District 58 State Representative. Steer Name:  Straight Profit

Steer Owner:  Riley Miller, Teeds Grove


Steer #  22

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

Celebrity & Title:  Dr. Dan Grooms, Dean of Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. Steer Name:  Ernie

Steer Owner:  Quinton Grove, Ellsworth


Steer #  23

Sponsor:  Beck's Hybrids

Celebrity & Title:  Megan Salois, WHO Channel 13 Meteorologist. Steer Name:  Radar

Steer Owner:  Tanner Henningsen, Ames


Steer #  24

Sponsor:  District 20 Cattlemen's Associations

Celebrity & Title:  Jeff Shipley, District 82 Representative. Steer Name:  Osbourne

Steer Owner:  Hannah Peck, Birmingham


Steer #  25

Sponsor:  Channel Seeds

Celebrity & Title:  Kayla Lyon, Director of Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Steer Name:  Roy

Steer Owner:  Connor Briggs, Chariton