Always Plenty New To See And Do At Iowa State Fair

Iowa Farm Scene

This year's edition of the Iowa State Fair runs Aug. 8 to 18 at state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Published on: August 8, 2013

The Cattlemen's Beef Quarters, an advocate for Iowa beef, features products from Iowa companies. Fully cooked beef taco meat for its Taco Salads, Taco Potatoes and Walking Tacos is manufactured in Nevada, Iowa by Burke Corporation. The fully cooked shredded beef used in the Hot Beef Sundaes is produced by W & G Marketing located in Ames. Operated by Beef Promotions of Iowa, Inc., the Cattlemen's Beef Quarters is managed by John Mortimer of Dallas Center. Sixty-eight County Cattlemen's Associations bring over 1,200 beef industry volunteers to prepare and serve beef during the Iowa State Fair. 

HIGHLIGHT #4: Governor's Charity Steer Show celebrates 31st year at Iowa State Fair

Families of seriously ill children will be supported by the 25 steers shown in the 2013 Governor's Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 10. This is the 31st consecutive year the Iowa beef cattle industry has raised funds to help families who use the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa in Sioux City, Des Moines and Iowa City.

The show ring competition takes place 4 p.m. on Aug. 10 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion. Celebrities will lead the steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, as well as appealing to the crowd for a showmanship award. Immediately following the competition, the steers will be sold at auction in the Cattle Barn's Penningroth Sales Arena. Proceeds from the sales go to all three of the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. The show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.

Since the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen's Association began the Governor's Charity Steer Show in 1983, the effort has raised more than $2 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses, which provide a "home away from home" for families of children being treated in near-by hospitals.

Gov. Terry Branstad will again host the charity steer show, and will lead one of the steers around the ring. Jason Lekin of Tama will serve as the official steer show judge for this year's event. The Showmanship Judge will be Byron Leu of Ottumwa. Leu recently retired after 28 years with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as the southeast Iowa Beef Extension Specialist.

HIGHLIGHT #5: Coalition To Support Iowa's Farmers is again sponsoring "Avenue of Breeds" at State Fair

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, or CSI, is proud to continue its sponsorship of the popular "Avenue of Breeds" at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. The fair's theme, "Nothing Compares," accurately describes one of its renowned attractions -- the Avenue of Breeds, which allows fairgoers the opportunity to see and learn about many different breeds such as cattle, horses, chickens, sheep and hogs -- all in one location.