With only two teams confirmed and one more a possibility, a local “Go for the Gold” competition no longer is necessary, meaning the squads will advance straight to the regional competition slated Sept. 25 at Donald Young School in Emo.
Event organizer Kim Jo Calder, a long-time leader with the Rainy River District 4-H Association, said Seline LeBlanc and Rebecca Cornell both have agreed to each captain a team, with no captain yet named for the third one.
“Both the second and third team wanted to check back with a few people that were questionable so they’ll get back to me this week,” Calder said.
Each of the 12 4-H regions in Northern Ontario is guaranteed a spot for one team at the regional showdown. But since most of them have indicated they’re not coming, the rules allow for those extra spots to be spread out among those regions that are competing—as long as everyone agrees to it.
“That’s what happened last year,” Calder recalled. “I don’t think it will be a problem [and] and I’ve got to talk it over with anybody that’s coming.
“But so far it’s okay,” she added.
Right now, Dryden is the only other 4-H region that’s confirmed sending a team here. Thunder Bay and Algoma expressed interest earlier this year but Calder hasn’t heard a definite “yes” or a “no” from either one yet.
“I don’t know if the problem is to travel up here or getting people for teams,” Calder said, noting she hoped to hear back from the other regions by the end of this week.
Until then, she has to sort out what’s happening with the local 4-H members and just who will be on what team.
“We’re all supposed to be getting together this Friday night for the barn dance in Emo,” Calder said. “I’m hoping I’ll get to talk to them and see where it’s at.”
The local 4-H association will hold a reception for the other teams the night before the regional competition.
The winner goes on to the provincial final, which is being held in November in conjunction with the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in Toronto.