Showtime: Heimerl matches sister’s award with champion steer

Grace Heimerl of Breitung Township shows her grand champion steer Lucky at the Dickinson County Fair on Friday. Heimerl’s sister, Mackenzie, won grand champion steer last year. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photos)

NORWAY — They say it’s better to be lucky than good.

Grace Heimerl of Breitung Township had both in her favor Friday, as she took the grand champion title with her 1,202-pound Angus cross, Lucky, in the 4-H market steer show at the 2018 Dickinson County Fair.

“I’m just speechless,” Heimerl, only 12, said after the win. It kept the title in the family, as Heimerl’s sister, Mackenzie, won grand champion steer last year. Both are daughters of daughter of Heather and Jim Heimerl.

Reserve champion went to Caroline Taylor, also of Breitung Township. The daughter of Phil and Carol Taylor earned reserve champion in the 2017 market steer competition as well.

Although this is Heimerl’s first grand champion win, it is far from her first award. Heimerl took grand champion showmanship Thursday in breeding stock and grand champion showmanship Friday with her market steer, which was bred by Red Valley Farm of Vulcan.

Caroline Taylor poses with her reserve champion at the Dickinson County Fair on Friday.

She also took grand champion showmanship two years in a row with her market lambs. “It’s pretty cool,” she said. “I enjoyed showing.”

Today is Agriculture Day at the fair and the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Open horse show

10 a.m.: Poultry and rabbit judging

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Home Depot (The Kid’s Building Workshop) Exhibition Building

11 a.m. to close: Carnival opens

11 a.m. to close: Exhibition building open

11 a.m.: Dairy judging

11 a.m.: Pony Pull with the Open Draft Horse Pulls to follow

Noon to 6 p.m.: Paula D (Wally Bouchey Pavilion)

1 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Bingo

1 p.m.: Horseshoe tournament, singles and doubles

1, 3, 5 p.m.: Hillbilly Science Spectacular

2, 4, 6 p.m.: Kent Family Magic Circus

4 p.m.: Youth livestock auction with market buyer’s appreciation dinner to follow

6 to 11 p.m.: Free country music concert featuring Runaway Train and 141 North.

The fair runs through Labor Day at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds on U.S. 8 south of Norway.

Theresa Proudfit can be reached at 774-3500 ext. 45 or