Governor's Charity Steer Show 2018

In 1983, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association joined forces with Governor Terry Branstad and organized the Governor's Charity Steer Show (GCSS). At the Governor's request, the designated charity for the first-time event was the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. Houses are now located in Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City. These facilities house the family members of seriously ill children being treated in area hospitals.

Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show has generated over $3.2 million (equivalent to over 270,000 nights stays) in support of Iowa’s Ronald McDonald House chapters. During that same time, more than 44,237 Iowa families have been served. Additionally, another 8,000 families coming from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries have used the Iowa facilities.

This year's event will take place Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 4:00 pm in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.

If you are interested in more information, please contact our event co-chairs: Casey Allison,, 641-691-3440 or Matt Deppe, 515-296-2266. You can also 'like' the Governor's Charity Steer Show page on Facebook.

A Blue Ribbon Combination

Learn about the Ronald McDonald Houses and how the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen's Association worked together to make this a great event!

About GCSS

Quick Facts

2017 Results

See who the buyers were for the 2017 Governor's Charity Steer Show.

2017 Press Release


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2017 GCSS photos

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2015 GCSS photos