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— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

Star Martin, centre, was all smiles as she learned she took first place in another judging category for the 2017 Emo Fair queen contest during the entertainment night and crowning yesterday evening upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Arena. Martin went on to be crowned queen, with Janelle Allan, left, being named First Princess and Reece McQuaker as Second Princess. Earlier in the evening, Kylan Fernandez was crowned mini-king while Emma Ray Pattison captured the mini-queen title.

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Midway rides are sure to be a popular attraction again as the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's annual fall fair in Emo got underway today, with the feature event being the crowning of this year's Emo Fair queen tonight upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Arena. The fair, which runs through Saturday, offers a variety of activities for all ages and interests. See page B1 of yesterday's Times for a full schedule of events.

— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

Jack Pavier was excited to ride the school bus for the first time as he sat beside his father, James, during the Rainy River District Transportation Services Consortium “First Rider” program yesterday morning. The youngsters watched a short informational video about bus safety before getting to try it out themselves in preparation for the first day of school on Aug. 29.

— Photo Nicholas Donaldson

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne looked over some traditional Métis items during the arrival of the 2017 Métis Nation of Ontario Canoe Expedition held upstairs at La Place Rendez-Vous here last Wednesday. The premier and her spouse, Jane Rounthwaite, met up with the expedition in Fort Frances to begin their four-day participation in the journey.

— Photo of Rick Neilson

The faigrounds are groomed, the big tent is up, and the midway trucks were trickling in Monday evening as preparations continue for the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's annual fall fair in Emo, which this year runs from tomorrow through Saturday. See page B1 for a complete schedule of events.

Hear the cannons roar during Fort William Historical Park's “Battle of Fort William” on Aug. 19-20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

Fort staff and volunteer re-enactors from across North America come together to present this thrilling event, filled with action, drama, and suspense.

This fictional battle is based on the North West Company's military tactics during the War of 1812, which was a conflict between the United States of America and the British Empire.

In 22 days, the boys of winter will be back while it's still summer.

The Fort Frances Lakers announced their pre-season schedule Tuesday, which will feature two home-and-home series against a pair of SIJHL rivals.

Action gets underway Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. when the Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers at the Ice For Kids Arena.

The Lakers then will visit Hoyt Lakes on Sept. 13.

The English River Miners will provide the Lakers' other opposition.