Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and MaKia Smith of Charter Oak

Richard, a steer raised by MaKia Smith, of Charter Oak, and shown by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, was selected as the "Judge's Choice" in the 37th annual Governor's Charity Steer Show on Saturday at the Iowa State Fair. Photo submitted

When Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg first participated in the annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show in 2017, the animal belonged to MaKia Smith, daughter of Brent and Malisa Smith, of Charter Oak.

“My steer in the show two years ago was the first steer he ever showed,” MaKia said.

They did not take any top prizes that time around.

This year was MaKia’s third time taking a steer to the event and she was paired up with Gregg again.

Gregg was happy to be working with the Smith family again this year – and even happier when the results were announced.

“I think he was excited that he got his first win,” MaKia said.

Her steer, Richard, took the “Judge’s Choice” award at this year’s event, which took place last Saturday.

The show was hosted by Gov. Kim Reynolds in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair.

MaKia said she was proud of Richard and had a good run with him all winter long, but she wasn’t sure how the Governor’s Charity Steer Show was going to turn out.

“There were some good steers in the show,” she said.

Richard was sponsored by the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association, Nor-Am Cold Storage, of Le Mars, and a selection of local businesses and individuals.

MaKia said her steer was washed every morning and night and exercised every morning.

“It makes them walk better,” she said.

The show and auction raised more than $284,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City.

The houses are located near hospitals and provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children.

The Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction.

The annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show began in 1983. Since then, it has raised more than $3.8 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.

The event included 25 steers this year.

MaKia’s steer was purchased by a coalition of Sioux County Businesses for $9,000, with an additional $1,000 from the Gregg and others.

The market value of the steer was also donated, which raised the total donation amount to $11,498.72.

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