immediate release - Thursday, December 16, 2004.
Gary Slater, General Manager, Iowa State Fair - 515-262-3111, ext. 234, or
Bob Brammer, Attorney General's Office - 515-281-6699.
Statement of the Attorney Generalís Office
Settlement Reached in "Pickles" the Steer Dispute
Statement of the Attorney General's Office:
Pursuant to a settlement
agreement reached between the parties this week, Jenna, Bryan and
Lisa Sievers today asked the Polk County District Court to dismiss their
petition for judicial review of the Iowa State Fair Board's decision to
disqualify their steer, "Pickles," from the Iowa State Fair 2002 4-H market
The steer was disqualified on August 16, 2002. In October 2003 a contested
case hearing was conducted on the issue by an administrative law judge,
who issued a proposed decision in November 2003 reversing the disqualification
by the Fair. On February 20, 2004,
the Iowa State Fair Board issued a final decision reversing the administrative
law judge's decision and affirming the original finding disqualifying
the Sievers steer from the 2002 State Fair. In April 2004 the Sievers
filed a petition for judicial review by the Polk County District Court.
According to a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order presented to the Court today, "The parties maintain their
respective positions but wish to bring this matter to a conclusion."
The dismissal means that the Fair's decision
to disqualify "steer number 227" stands.
Under the settlement agreement between the Sievers and the State Fair Board: The Sievers dismiss the appeal pending in
Polk County District Court; any premium money collected from the sale of steer number 227 will be donated to the Iowa
Foundation for Agricultural Advancement; the championship banner and trophy will be donated to the Iowa State
Historical Society; and Iowa State University will be authorized to dispose of the carcass of the steer.
[END of statement.]
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