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Bubba does it best

Norway teen’ s steer takes Grand Champion

August 30, 2008
By LISA M. HOFFMANN, Staff Writer

NORWAY - Anthony Bal's 1,242 pound steer named Bubba was the 2008 Grand Championship at the Dickinson County Fair on Friday.

The son of Dave and Nicky Bal, both of Norway, 15-year-old Anthony said Bubba was a nice calf and weighed 700 pounds when he purchased it last year.

The winning steer was purchased from Brandon Hill of the Hill Family Farm in Cooks in Delta County.

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Anthony Bal shows his Grand Champion Steer named Bubba. The 1,242 pound steer will be sold at the youth livestock auction tonight. For more photos, visit the CU site at
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Anthony said he fed his steer good feed, exercised him regularly and brought him in the barn during the day to keep cool.

"It was no different than any other year," Nicky Bal said.

He has shown steers before, but this was the first year Anthony won grand champion.

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County Fair

- Country music,

6 p.m. today

- ASA race,

6 p.m. Sunday

"It's fun to be here with friends," he said.

Although it is not known how much the grand champion steer will sell for at the auction tonight, Nicky Bal said her son will save the money he gets from his steer for college and, of course, invest in a steer for next year.

A 1,396 pound steer owned by 18-year-old Nicole Supa of Breitung Township won reserve

grand champion.

Grand Champion and Reserve are the two best steers at the fair.

The average sale price of a steer is $1.50 a pound. Grand champion and reserve steers usually go for quite a bit more.

4-H Buyer's Meet and Greet is at 4:30 p.m. The popular youth livestock auction is at 6 p.m. today.

The fair continues today through Monday, Labor Day.

Entrance into the fair is $3 per person per day or $10 per person for a weekend pass. Parking is free.

The carnival is open from 11 a.m. to close today and Sunday. Rides will be half price from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Labor Day.

Agriculture Day is today.

Horse Pulling Weigh In was scheduled for 8 a.m. Horse shows and dairy judging are at 9 a.m. The carnival opens at 11 a.m.

In the grandstands at 11 a.m is the horse pulling contest.

Team Extreme Motocross shows are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Horse Speed Events start at noon, JW Custom Carvings demonstrations are from noon until 8 p.m.

In the grandstands from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. will be a free country music concert featuring Next Myle, Bad Axe Rodeo and Night Train.

Senior's Day is Sunday.

A youth horse show will be at 9 a.m. with horse judging and registration for the Spring Lake Animal Shelter Fun Dog Show at 11 a.m. The Spring Lake Animal Shelter Fun Dog Show will start at noon.

The carnival opens at 11 a.m.

JW Custom Carvings demonstrations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Team Extreme Motocross will have shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In the Grandstands will be the American Speed Association (ASA) Midwest Tour Race Practice at noon with time trials to follow at 4 p.m. The ASA race begins at 6 p.m. There will be a 50-50 drawing during the race.

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, will be at the fair all day Sunday and will attend the ASA races.

Homemaker of the Year will be announced at 1 p.m.

The Ladies Day Demonstration is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Horseshoe Pitch Singles will start at 1 p.m. and horse speed events will be at 2 p.m.

Youth Day is Monday.

Tickets for carnival rides are half price from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The carnival goes until 5 p.m.

Team Extreme Motocross shows are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. JW Custom Carvings demonstrations are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Truck pull weigh-in is at 8 a.m. with truck pulls in the grandstands at 11:30 a.m.

Registration for the 4-H Council fun horse show is at 8 a.m. and the show is at 9 a.m.

Horseshoe pitch doubles and 4-H Style Show and demonstrations are at 1 p.m.

Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is



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