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Dean's Charity Steer Show Partners 4-H Youth with Local Celebrities for a Great Cause

Celebrity exhibitors and their 4-H members.

On July 30, Cathann A. Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, along with Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Telhio Credit Union, hosted the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). The event brought together the community to celebrate agriculture and support children and their families that rely on RMHC during difficult times. The show featured local celebrity exhibitors partnered with a 4-H member and their steer. Thirteen 4-H youth volunteered their time.

Clark Kellog and Sydney Sanders with Cosmo.Sydney Sanders from Premier Showmen 4-H Club in Highland County said, “Participating in the Dean’s Charity Steer Show with celebrity Clark Kellogg was a rewarding experience. He was very involved and showed great enthusiasm in the showmanship lessons we held and was a fast learner. By the end of our last meeting before the event, he knew how the showring ran, how to set up Cosmo [her steer] and how to display confident body language. In the end, our hard work paid off when Mr. Kellogg showed Cosmo all the way to the best steer award! It was a privilege to be a part of the event and I would do it all over again!” Dean Kress and Wyatt Osborn getting ready for the show.

Wyatt Osborn from Premier Showmen 4-H Club in Highland County said, “I really liked getting to be a part of the first Dean’s Charity Steer Show at the Ohio State Fair. I enjoyed getting to know Dean Kress. She was really nice, and I enjoyed teaching her how to show my steer Mr. Ranger. The day of the show was so fun. I got to meet many of the celebrities. My favorite part was when Brutus Buckeye was blowing and combing on my steer before the show. I spend a lot of hours working with my steer at home and it was good for others to recognize the hard work that goes into the projects to get them ready for the state fair. Dean Kress cares about 4-H and agriculture. I like showing cattle and teaching others about cattle.  My family and I got to tour the Ronald McDonald House this summer. There are a lot of families that have sick children that need a place to stay that is close to the hospital. I am glad that I was able to help raise money for those families.”

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Dean's Charity Steer Show on August 4, 2020. Ohio Expo Center and State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler supporting the Dean's Charity Steer Show.Clark Kellogg in the sale ring. All proceeds from the show and sale benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Ohio.