It’s fair time and the Rainy River District 4-H Association is mobilizing its ranks for the big event.
Shirley Morrish, 4-H secretary, said both club members and leaders were on the fairground this week giving the 4-H exhibit hall and food booth a bit of a facelift.
“We’ve had really good help with the volunteers and leaders,” she said.
“They’ve done some repairs and paint jobs,” added Ellen Chojko-Bolec, local 4-H association president. “[They] spruced it all up.”
Entries for the fair, ranging from livestock to arts and crafts, will start coming in today and tomorrow and be on display Friday.
“[The exhibits] are looking really good right now,” Morrish said. “ We’ll have a giant exhibit to set up from down east from the provincial 4-H.
“I know we’re going to be trying to get all the exhibit areas filled,” she added.
Filling up some of that space will be the Whiskey Jacks Carving Club from Emo, plus the picture of the mural painted at Voyageur Panel’s OSB mill.
Morrish said there’s also a good number of entries from the steer and heifer clubs in the area.
“They’ll all be ready for the shows Friday and Saturday,” she said, noting the cattle will be weighed at 5 p.m. Friday.
But the main hub of activity will be their food booth. Morrish noted all the kids and leaders have scheduled time to work and they’re gearing up for large crowds—especially for the french fries.
“Our french fries are the one thing everybody likes,” Morrish said.
Money raised at the food booth goes back into the 4-H association to help subsidize events such as the awards night and ski trips. Both Morrish and Chojko-Bolec hoped for a good turnout, especially from its members.
“This is our major event of the year,” Chojko-Bolec said.