In Heat 2 of the WISSOTA Modifieds division, Brody Strachan (99), and Blake Ferris (4) battled for the lead around turn three of the Emo Speedway. Strachan was able to hold on and win the heat. When the two meet again in the feature race it was Ferris' turn to capture the checkered flag and his first-ever win.
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Darwin Lance buzzed into a large block of lumber during the chainsaw speed buck portion of the loggers' competition at the Emo Fair on Friday. Lance was later deemed the Rookie Logger of the Year.
Meanwhile, Jason Caul landed first place in the chainsaw speed buck, while Curtis Smith received second place, and Kevlin Caul took third.
-Sam Odrowski photo
Emily Bird, left, and her partner Izak Stromness sawed as quickly as they could during the “Jack and Jill” version of the two-man crosscut event during the 42nd-annual loggers' competition at the Emo Fair on Friday. Hundreds of spectators gathered in the bleachers to watch the annual contest.
During Heat 3 of the WISSOTA Midwest Mods division, driver Doug Wakefield, 79, Carter Kinnear and James Lambert ended in a pileup, making for some very tense moments for both fans and drivers. The good news was the drivers were uninjured in the accident but both Kinnear's and Lambert's car had to be helped off the track and did not finish the race.
Katie Mowe for the Couchiching Raiders was keeping a close eye on Renegades' pitcher Karma Andy as she tried to get a good jump on the ball as the pitch was delivered. Mowe was chosen as the MVP for the Raiders and Andy was a dominating force helping the Renegades advance to the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League finals with an 8-7 win.
Bryan Gustafson showed off part of the 22.49 lbs in his team's day two bag at the Atikokan Bass Classic. It was the third biggest one-day haul in the tournament, which he and fishing partner, Jon Austin, won in 2014. The big catch vaulted them from 10th place to first—for about 30 minutes.
During the Rea Memorial Race at the Emo Speedway during the fair the hometown kid, Blake Ferris drove his way into victory lane. Ferris held off the 15 other racers in the final feature of the night in the WISSOTA Modifieds division, Ferris was able to capture his first-ever win.
Jeff with a couple of smallmouth bass from his day three catch at the St. Lawrence River.
Vaughn Wilson used all his might to send a log flying across the grounds of the grandstand during the loggers' competition at the Emo Fair on Friday. Wilson placed third in the pulp toss and landed second overall in the competition. A total of 10 loggers competed.
Vocalist Sylvie Kendree of My Son The Hurricane took to the stage at the Rainy Lake Square to close out their free concert last night. The returning crowd-favourite band delivered an energetic performance featuring their brassy blend of funk and hip-hop.