Fall already?

This is what happens after the Emo Fair is over–fall arrives!
Maybe it’s just giving us a quick reminder that it is fast approaching but it sure doesn’t feel that great. I’m looking forward to a few more months of good weather and we certainly have work to do that requires a few sunny days.
We started combining last week at the Emo Agricultural Research Station and the days that we were able to harvest things went well. Then the rain arrived mid-week.
We were all ready to go again by Friday but more rain put an end to those plans, as well.
Of course, I’m starting to get anxious since this is my last week with the summer students. I can’t imagine the work we could accomplish if the weather only co-operated.
Since Mother Nature didn’t co-operate, the students instead tackled the job of cleaning the winter wheat. We were pleasantly surprised with an average of 66 bushels to the acre.
I cross my fingers that we can tackle the next trials that patiently are waiting for the sun to return this week before Nick and Dest make their way back to school.
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We wrapped up the 2015 Emo Fair last week by cleaning up the fairgrounds and barns Monday night. Then we viewed the 4-H steer carcasses the following night.
Congratulations to the top carcasses—Timothy Rempel, Andrea Schram, Avery Cates, Brett Schram, Anysley Williams, Leroy Rempel, and Logan Teeple. They all were awarded cash prizes donated by local MP John Rafferty.
The Rainy River Hereford Association will award Avery Cates with the top Hereford carcass at the 4-H awards night.
The Rainy River Feeder Finance Association will award a member at the 4-H awards night with a carcass award, as well, but that winner won’t be announced until then.
A big thank you to Rainy River Meats for donating money towards slaughter fees for all 4-H members.
The expenses that are incurred to sell the members’ steers are evenly distributed and deducted from the member’s cheque, so this will be a nice bonus for all of them.
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There was a lot of celebrating happening over the weekend.
Ken McKinnon celebrated his 80th birthday as his family hosted a wonderful party for him. Ken has spent countless hours volunteering in our community and has accomplished plenty for our district.
We wish him many more happy years!
Meanwhile, Hailey Heyens married her best friend, James, and Stratton had a fun night of celebrating with a great couple and great band, “The Night Hawks!”
Hailey’s celebration also included 50th birthday wishes for her dad, Ted!
Destiny, my summer student, turned 20! And if you see Marg from Rainy River Meats, be sure to wish her a happy birthday, as well.
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Bill Darby has been working countless hours for the Rainy River Regional Abattoir and the latest project includes making a video that we will use for crowdfunding.
The video is really taking shape so stay tuned for its release soon. It includes some great scenes from this great district of ours.
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Maddie and Marlee are in the latest issue of “More of Our Canada!”
I submitted the photo sometime last year but just got word that they were using the photo this year!
The girls have changed a lot since the time the photo was taken but it’s them just the same.
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The girls also were out over the weekend to practise again with their fair cows. They are pretty set on heading to Dryden with the animals.
We’ll see how Auntie Kimmie can figure out how to combine plots, attend a cattle sale, and get the girls to Dryden with their cows. . . .

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