Fair weather works out

Whew—another Emo Fair is behind us!
Mother Nature came through for us and we had beautiful weather. Fortunately, the heavy rain, hail, and wind held off until Sunday night.
Of course, most of my time during the fair is spent in and around the beef barns. We had a great weekend, with well-behaved cattle and participants.
I was very proud of Maddie and Marlee, who worked very hard this year with their calves. Not only that, they were a big help with the other chores that go along with getting cattle ready for the Emo Fair.
Marlee had planned on taking “Dudley,” the orphan baby, but she switched to “Dora,” who was a little quicker walking than spoiled, slow “Dudley.” This worked out well since Callen, my vet cousin’s son, was able to walk “Dudley.”
It’s always enjoyable to see the kids with their ribbons and prizes!
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Once again we had a successful 4-H steer auction at the Emo Fair. Thank you to all the buyers who support the 4-H members of Rainy River District.
Local MP John Rafferty supported our 4-H members with cash awards to our grand and reserve champions in both the steer and heifer classes.
This year, the Grand Champion steer was shown by Leroy Rempel while Jessica Haw had the Reserve Champion. Katie Hay, meanwhile, proudly showed the Grand Champion heifer and Ben Miller the Reserve Champion.
Andrea Schram was the winner of the Rod Salchert Memorial Award ($50) for the top placing of a first-year beef member. Madison Williams was the recipient of the Gary Teeple Memorial Award, presented annually by our ring-man and Gary’s son, Jeff.
Jessica Haw also was our Grand Champion Showman, followed by Savannah Hughes as Reserve. Ryan Bodnar, in third place overall, received the Craig Advent Memorial Award.
The Rainy River Hereford Association’s “Guess the Weight” contest had four winners this year! Jessie Hasiuk, Ilene Johnson, Gord Hoskins, and Ross Taylor all guessed the heifer weight right on at 960 pounds. The $500 went to Liam McEvoy.
The RRHA also awards a beautiful belt buckle each year in memory of Andy Carpenter. It is a “sportsmanship” award and this year’s winner was Aaron Bujold.
Aaron works very hard preparing for the fair and is the youngest person to ever receive this award, but he is very deserving.
The RRHA and the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture co-sponsor the stall displays at the Emo Fair. This year, KJB Herefords placed first, followed by Bujolds in second and Zimmerman Farms in third.
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Emo Fair week is a busy one but this one isn’t much better. There lots going on here at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, as things start to mature, and then there’s the cattle sale this coming Saturday at the Stratton sales barn.
Nancy Noecker, from OMAF, will be with us most of the week going over some cattle-handling techniques. She will do a presentation tonight (Aug. 21) upstairs at the Morley municipal office starting at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions concerning the cattle sale, contact Philip 1-807-271-0425.
DLMS will be broadcasting our sale online. Visit www.dlms.ca if you would like to register.