It was a great experience for Kaylee Heyens regardless if she had won or lost.
In the end, however, all the hard work paid off for the 17-year-old from Stratton when she was crowned the 2011 Emo Fair Queen last Thursday evening.
“It was a lot of fun and I’m so excited to see that all the hard work paid off,” she enthused.
“It’s been such an amazing experience.”
With just two years under its belt, the Fort Frances Folk Festival is not being held this year, with organizers taking time to re-evaluate the event and gauge the interest of the community.
“There are a variety of reasons it’s not happening this year, but the main one is that the attendance last year was quite low,” noted Lindsay Hamilton, a member of the organizing committee.
There’s buckets of sweat, bruises, long hours, and, well, manure when it come to horses.
But for those saddling up each year for the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s fall fair in Emo, it’s all a labour of love.
“What isn’t there to like about horses?” remarked Leanne Beck of Devlin, who has shown horses since she was seven years old.
One of five hopefuls will be crowned queen of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair tomorrow night following the entertainment competition, which gets underway at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Emo Arena.
“Classic Rock ’n Roll Done with Class.”
That’s the motto of local band, “Centre-Line,” which will be returning to the Emo Fair this year to rock the night away with popular tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
The band will be playing upstairs at the arena this Saturday (Aug. 20) from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Admission is $5, with age of majority required.
The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre will be hosting its first-ever videoconferencing concert, featuring children’s entertainer Russ Clayton, with the co-operation of the Newmarket Public Library.
The concert will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 at noon in the Shaw Community Hub, and will last about 45 minutes.
More information is available at www.fort-frances.com/library
TORONTO—The CN Tower’s latest attraction, which opens to the public on Monday, allows those with nerves of steel to walk on the edge—literally.
“EdgeWalk” allows thrill-seekers to walk hands-free along a 1.5-metre-wide ledge around the top of the tower’s main pod.
Daredevils take in stunning, open-air views of the city and Lake Ontario from 356 metres above the ground.
A refreshed format and talented lineup of singers made for a night of sizzling performances last Wednesday during the annual “Quest for the Best.”
“I’m so pleased with how the event went,” said Sarah Hallikas, a summer student with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce who helped organize aspects of the competition.
Two area singers have proven they have a strong fan base in their respective musical genres after taking home voter’s choice awards in separate events.
Maverick Judson, from Emo, earned Pop Artist-of-the-Year honours at the London (Ont.) Music Awards last month.
WINNIPEG—An 11-year-old Winnipeg girl, whose rendition of Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way” turned her into an overnight YouTube sensation, has signed a recording deal in the Philippines.
Maria Aragon’s father, Veni, said his daughter is now in the Philippines to record the album and make some live appearances.