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Golden Hoe winner

Fred Gate took home the “Golden Hoe” at the 20th-annual Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday with his 342-pound pumpkin, which also won him $500. He also took home second place in the adult category, and an additional $200, for the second pumpkin he entered in the festival, which weighed in at 311 pounds.

Bridge construction

The new international bridge between Rainy River to Baudette currently is under construction in a co-ordinated effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The project, which started started in June, will replace the old bridge linking the two communities.

Big pumpkin

Kendra Trenchard showed off the 281-pound pumpkin she grew for the 20th-annual Giant Pumpkin Festival in Rainy River that took Saturday at Hannam Park. The youngster landed third place for the heaviest pumpkin in the junior category. She was awarded $100 for her handwork, tending to her giant pumpkin during the growing season.

Photo backdrop

Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival vice-president Donna Wolanicki, left, and president Valerie Leininger were all smiles on Saturday under the big tent at Hannam Park. They are seated next to two scarecrows that were donated by Riverview School. The local day care centre and high school also donated painted signs and decor to the family-friendly event.

Selling wares

Barb Rousseau, left, and Nancy Johnson showed off some pumpkin-looking squashes at their booth that sold one-of-a-kind handmade products at the 20th-annual Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival that took place Saturday at Hannam Park. They were one of the many vendors who were set up at the festival's flea/farmers' market area.

Drill bit

St. Francis student Madelyn Dent, with the help of New Gold mine planner Bryan Strahl, used all her might to lift one of New Gold's drill bits off the ground to feel its heaviness. Strahl brought different rocks and pieces of equipment to educate the students, as well as give them a hand's-on view of what goes on at the local mine.

Veggie display

Adeline Trenchard won “Best Harvest Display” at the Rainy River Giant Pumpkin Festival that took place Saturday at Hannam Park. Unique vegetables and ones of notable size were judged and winners awarded with a cash prize.

Ribbon workshop

Taryn Bruyere used a sewing machine to stitch ribbon onto her skirt Saturday afternoon during a workshop at the Nanicost building. Instructor Dorothy Friday taught the session, which was just the first in a series of “Indigenous Arts Workshops Supported by the Rainy River District Community.”

Trio of calves

A trio of calves sat mooing in their pens as they waited to be brought through the ring at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday put on by the Rainy River Cattlemen's Association. More than 1,600 head of cattle went through the ring, generating almost $2-million overall.