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Rooted in fair history

It’s so close you can smell the candy floss and hear the screams of youngsters on the midway as the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society annual fall fair swings into action tomorrow in Emo.

But how did this popular district-wide event get started? To find the answer, you have to take a step back in time.

4-Hers gear up for fair

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.

Hay yields good despite dryness

Despite dry conditions, district farmers seem to be putting up average or slightly better than normal hay yields this summer.

Gary Sliworsky, district representative for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said those who have been re-seeding and fertilizing their fields the past few years have been doing well this summer.

Restricted fire zone in effect

The Ministry of Natural Resources declared the Rainy River District, along with a large portion of Northwestern Ontario, a restricted fire zone (RFZ) as of 8 a.m. today.

“The RFZ means that all open fires are restricted,” MNR information officer Peter Wilkins explained this morning. “We do allow the use of gas and propane-powered stoves but even then, people should be cautious.”

Cattle kills up in Alberton

The fact that some district livestock fall prey to wolves each summer isn’t out of the ordinary.

But when those numbers start to climb, as they have in Alberton Township, farmers should be keep an eye out, advised Peter Spuzak, the township’s livestock valuer.

He has the job of identifying wolf-related kills reported from farmers within his township.

Cyclists overnight in Emo

Words cannot describe the splendid facilities and location of Lion’s Park to accommodate tourists for overnight camping. It is a beautiful spot, admitted Alison Longmore and Paula Steele from Victoria, B.C., as they took up a camping site. To have showering available is unbelieveable, admired the ladies.