SHELDON—Sami Noteboom has eight years of experience showing calves at the O’Brien County Fair, which should come in handy for the 17-year-old Sheldon native on Saturday.
Noteboom is one of 25 people from around Iowa selected to participate at the 2019 Governor’s Charity Steer Show, which will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
Noteboom, who will be a senior at Sheldon High School in the fall, learned she was chosen for the charity steer show shortly after she showed her steer, Delbert, at the O’Brien County Fair cattle show Tuesday, July 23.
The judge had pulled aside her and the grand champion of the cattle show, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School senior John Vander Veen, and asked if either of them would want to go to the charity steer show. Vander Veen declined because he wanted to continue showing his steer, which meant Noteboom was in.
“I was speechless, I was like, ‘This is amazing, like I can’t believe that I’m going to this,’” she said.
The Governor’s Charity Steer Show is put on each year by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association in partnership with the Iowa governor. Twenty-five steers from around the state are selected to compete at the event and are sponsored by various businesses, schools and other entities in Iowa.
The steers are auctioned off after the show, with all the money going toward Iowa’s three Ronald McDonald Charity Houses. The houses, located in Sioux City, Des Moines and Iowa City, provide places to stay for families who have children 21 years and younger receiving medical care from area hospitals.
Last year’s charity steer show raised more than $200,000 for the three houses, according to the director of the Sioux City house, Christy Batien.
Batien said the Sioux City house will sponsor Noteboom’s steer for the show.
“We always like to have one that’s from Northwest Iowa to help represent our house,” she said.
Although the steers in the show belong to the 25 participants, celebrity representatives will be the ones who will show them for the event. The celebrity showing Noteboom’s steer will be 2019 Miss Rodeo Iowa Rachael Ostrem.
Noteboom won’t be the one holding her steer’s halter during the show, but she will still groom him before the show and walk alongside him and Ostrem in the arena. She will also draw on her years of showing cattle to give pointers to Ostrem.
The participants will compete for several different award categories during the charity show, such as for showmanship, people’s choice and grand champion.
Since a Ronald McDonald House is sponsoring Delbert, Noteboom said his name will be changed to Mc’D for the competition to correspond with the McDonald’s brand.
Noteboom will also volunteer at the Sioux City Ronald McDonald House and meet with the families staying there before she goes to Des Moines for the show.
“You know, anything just to give back to them and be like, ‘We’re here for you, you know, like, we are supporting you and helping you out as much as possible,’” Noteboom said.
Noteboom said she will be president of Sheldon High School’s National FFA Organization chapter and plans to apply for a two-year scholarship to Des Moines Area Community College offered to FFA presidents.
She then hopes to transfer to Iowa State University to complete her undergraduate degree before applying for veterinary school.