For the first time in its 38-year history, the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show 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 on August 15.
The Iowa Farm Bureau has sponsored a steer throughout the history of the Governor’s Steer Show (an event which raises money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa) and will do so again in 2020. Organized by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Iowa Beef Industry Council, the show 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. 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. 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 at www.iowagovernorscharitysteershow.com.
Even with no Iowa State Fair in 2020, the fairgrounds will host the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show during three weekends from August 6 through August 22.
Held with the same prestige and competition found at the Iowa State Fair, this 2020 Special Edition will showcase the superior showmanship, hard work, and determination of Iowa’s 4-H and FFA youth.
This Special Edition show will follow all Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC recommendations for social distancing, hand washing and sanitization, so although it will be held in August and on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, you may notice some “special” considerations for this stand-alone event. The shows are open to Iowa 4-H and FFA exhibitors that have nominated livestock projects for the 2020 Iowa State Fair.
For FFA members, shows will be held for beef, horses, meat goats, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine. For 4-Hers, shows will also be beef, horses, meat goats, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine.
There will be FFA and 4-H shows in dairy cattle and dairy goats. The schedule allows more room for exhibitors to obey social distancing recommendations. The separation of the shows allows for the fairgrounds to be cleaned thoroughly between sessions. Wristbands will be required to access the fairgrounds. Wristbands will not be available on site. Each exhibitor will receive 3 wristbands total. Those wristbands will be good for the session (days) the exhibitor is showing. They cannot be used for other sessions or weekends.
A limited number of wristbands will be available to show supporters. A $100 donation to the show will grant the donor 2 wristbands good for all three sessions August 6-22.