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Lindsay Campbell

Antique car

George Oltsher, right, offered Barwick picnic attendees rides around the community Saturday afternoon in his 1927 Whippet. The picnic, held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the very first one held there, also featured a variety of traditional picnic games, musical entertainment, and a cold plate supper. See story, more photos on A6.

EARS tour

Kim Jo Bliss, research technician at the Emo Agricultural Research Station, outlined this year’s crop trials. Crops showcased during the annual open house last Wednesday consisted of soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, and canola, with Bliss saying growing conditions have been substantially better compared to last year.

Picnic games

Dominic Leydier, left, and Tyler Derksen stuffed their faces in a race to win a watermelon-eating contest during an old-fashioned family picnic in Barwick on Saturday. The picnic, which ran from 2-7 p.m. by the waterfront and commemorated 100 years since the first picnic was held in the area, saw attendees enjoy a variety of games, music, and a cold plate supper.

Book signing

Atikokan author Sophie (Hajdu) Fogg, right, smiled as she signed one of her books for Erma Armit yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library. The author was on hand from 4:30-7:30 p.m. to do a signing for her book, “One Our Father: Protected the rest of my family from more gunshots,” which was published earlier this year.

‘Quest’ champ

Katelyn Shortreed belted out Carrie Underwood’s country ballad, “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun,” during the second set of the annual “Quest for the Best” singing competition Friday night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. She later topped Ken Kellar, winner of the first set, in the “battle song” for all the marbles.