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Sam Odrowski

Thumbs up

Local MPP Greg Rickford held a big thumbs up with members of the OPP and town council inside the Civic Centre last Friday after making an announcement regarding the new $18-million OPP detachment that is being built on 200 McIrvine Road. The official construction start date is May 6, 2019. Be sure to check out this Wednesday's Times for more details.

Mini-royalty

Sloan Baird and Niels Reynolds were crowned the 2018 Emo Fair mini-queen and mini-king on Thursday evening upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre. Seven girls and two boys each answered a series of questions to win over the judges and become the mini-royalty for the next year.

Pulp toss

Vaughn Wilson (at left) mustered up all his power to send a log flying through the air during the pulpwood toss event of the annual loggers' competition Friday morning at the Emo Fair. Jason Caul, meanwhile took his best shot at the bull's-eye during the axe-throwing portion before carefully cutting out his wooden chair for the chair carve event.

More entries at fair

Numbers were up all around for entries into the Exhibition Hall at this year's Emo Fair—and the judges couldn't be happier.

“Everything looks good,” judge Sylvia Goodheart smiled.

“It's nice to see so many people exhibiting and taking part.”

The increased participation helps to create a stronger sense of community in the district, Goodheart added.

Fanning flames

Scott Galusha blew big gusts of wind onto his fire in hopes of being the first competitor to bring his can of water to a boil at the annual loggers' competition held Friday morning in conjunction with the Emo Fair. A total of 14 contestants squared off in a variety of logging competitions in front of the grandstand. See more photos on A2.

Midway games

Bowling for prizes was one of the many midway games available to Emo Fair attendees. Stuffed animals and other fun prizes were on the line as players aimed their best shot in hopes of a win.

Checking out lumber

Local MPP Greg Rickford, left, who also is the minister of energy, northern development and mines, was taken on a tour around the Manitou Forest Products' site by manager Dale Kaemingh before announcing a $910,000-plus investment in the district company's operations.

Axe throw

Jason Caul took his best shot at the bull's-eye during the axe throwing portion of the logging competition held Friday morning at the Emo Fair. Caul didn't place during this event but saw great success in the axe chop, two-man cross-cut, and tea boil, all of which he landed in first place.