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Steer from Eddyville Selected by Iowa Bankers Association for Governor’s Charity State Fair Steer Show

JOHNSTON, IOWA (Aug. 3, 2018) – A steer raised by KJ McCrea, son of Brian and Karey McCrea of Eddyville, Iowa, has been selected by the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) for the Governor’s Charity Steer Show. The show will take place at 4 p.m. August 11 in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The steer won the grand championship at the Mahaska County Fair and was named the Grand Champion Market Beef at the 2018 South Central Iowa Showdown held in Corydon.

The IBA has sponsored a steer for the show every year since 1985. “The IBA is extremely proud to be a part of this event,” said Bob Hartwig, legal counsel for the IBA, who also works with all agricultural-related issues for the association. “It has been a pleasure to be involved with the McCrea family this year – and to see the positive impact the show has for the show winners and for the Ronald McDonald House Charities,” added Hartwig.

All proceeds of the show benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Iowa, which provides housing facilities for family members of serious ill children being treated in area hospitals. Ronald McDonald houses are located in Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City.

Since 1983, the steer show has also highlighted the accomplishments of young producers by having Iowa celebrities show the steers at the fair. This year’s IBA-sponsored steer will be shown by Mike Pearson, formerly of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market.

About the Iowa Bankers Association
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2018 Iowa State Fair Steer