Another fall fair in books

Well, another Emo Fair is behind us.
We certainly ended up with a pretty decent weekend. The rain could have passed us by Saturday night but like many said, “It wouldn’t be an Emo Fair without rain!”
I was happy that it didn’t rain enough to cancel the stock car races as the stands looked full and the pits were full of cars!
Saturday night is my time in the 4-H food booth and it remained steady for the evening.
Meanwhile, the cattle show went off very well, with the cooler temperatures welcomed by not only the participants but the cattle, as well!
We had a wonderful judge this year. Amy Bonchuk from Rossburn, Man. came and gave excellent reasons on why she made the decisions she did. Amy actually took the time to talk to every kid who entered the ring!
We honestly have never had so many compliments on a judge. We all know we can’t all be #1 but it really helps when we are told why we didn’t make the top cut.
I think everyone went home from the show learning something new.
Congratulations to Hayden and Carenna Haw for raising the grand champion and reserve champion steers this year! Neil and Angie are the parents of the two winners and it is great and exciting to have the top two steers from the same farm.
A huge thank you to Cloverleaf and Norbord for purchasing the top two steers!
Of course, all our buyers are important and we appreciate what a wonderfully-supportive district we live in. Thanks to all of you.
Malena Flatt went home with the top 4-H heifer this year and her steer finished in third place, so she had a wonderful weekend, as well! The kids work very hard and it is so nice to see the big smiles on their faces!
Aaron Bujold was our top showman this year–and it is so well-deserved!
Maddie and Marlee had a great weekend, too. Their animals were behaved for the most part, there was no stress, and the girls just hung on and keep showing even when the animals were testing them.
Marlee ended up first with her calf and first with cow/calf, and won Reserve Female overall. They both won money in the showmanship class and they are all ready for next year!
Maddie, despite not winning first place with her Herefords, was pleased and still happy to show off her “sweet animals!”
Although they would like to make it to Dryden’s fair this year, it’s not looking like there is any chance we will swing that one.
As for me, I survived the dunk tank–barely. Turns out all the farm kids have good throwing arms and I was dunked too many times! My own step-kid even dunked me a few times.
I didn’t like it at all but it was for a good cause, and a big thank you to Gary Foster of Freedom 55 for taking the time to do this for our 4-H Association and the Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association.
I don’t have the exact information of the winners of the “Guess the Weight” or the side of beef that the Rainy River Hereford Association hosts, but I will report next week. The weight of the heifer “Charlie” was 995 pounds.
In the meantime, it is a cattle sale week so I’m moving from one crazy week to maybe an even crazier next. As such, I promise to give you more fair details next week.
Have a great week–and be sure to come on down to Stratton this Saturday morning to check out the cattle sale!

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