Fall fair showcases best of NW livestock

EDAM — The 28th annual Edam Fall Fair is in the books.

The event started on Friday evening Oct. 26, with Class 9 People’s Choice Cow/Calf pair. There were 10 entries this year with Bill LaClare of Edam winning the grand champion jacket and Robert Blais of Edam receiving the reserve jacket. Placing third was the Doug Marjoram of Speers entry and fourth was Jacob LaClare of Medstead. 

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Ian Walker of Edam won the draw for the heifer with his choice being the Brad Cole of Edam entry. Therefore nine heifers were sold in the sale Saturday with the average weight being 674 pounds and the average price at $1,372.22.  The high price was $1,600 in this class. 

Once again, the committee held an auction of several items to raise funds for STARS. The cow/calf pairs were auctioned off in a Calcutta with 40 per cent of the proceeds earmarked for STARS as well. The total funds raised were $2,900.

A special presentation was also made Friday evening with Bill LaCLare receiving a jacket in recognition of his donation of feed for the livestock that are entered every year.

Saturday dawned with a ranch style breakfast prepared and served by the Edam/Turtle River Fire Department. Along with the preparations for the breakfast, the vendors were preparing for a day of sales during the annual craft and trade show held on the ice surface of the curling rink. The first responders prepared and served beef on a bun at noon.

Judges for the day were Ivan and Lacey Demmans of Meadow Lake with Steven Seabrook acting as ring man. Henri Blaquiere and Gerald Latendresse acted as announcers for the show and sale with Neil Kramer and his crew conducting the sale. Lisa Blaquiere and Karen McCaffrey performed the duties of secretary and Ross Houston, Paulette Pavka and Cheryl Nicodemus of Edam Credit Union Ltd. were the clerks for the sale.

Placings for the classes are as follows:

 Class 1 - Rancher’s Choice Steer: (20 entries) grand to Edwin Wall of Edam, reserve to Andrew Russett of Edam, third to Grant Lodge Farms (John and Apryl Grant) of Edam and fourth to Jacob LaClare of Medstead. Average weight was 774 pounds with the average price being $1,460 and the high was $1,675.

Class 2 - Prospect Steer: (six entries) grand to Claude and Adele Wasden of Spiritwood, reserve to Coyote Mountain Tarentaise (Bill LaClare) of Edam, third to Claude and Adele Wasden of Spiritwood and fourth to Randy Russett of Edam. Average weight was 730 pounds, the average price was $1,658.33 with the high being $2,400.

Class 3 – Rancher’s Choice Heifer: (20 entries) grand to Doug Marjoram of Speers, reserve to Andrew Russett of Edam, third to Roger Blaquiere of Edam and fourth to Coyote Mountain Tarentaise (Bill LaClare) of Edam. Average weight was 690 pounds, average price was $1,306.25 with a high of $2,150.

Class 4 - Prospect Heifer: (four entries) grand to Daniel and Sophie deMontarnal of Edam, reserve to Peters Simmental (Virginia Peters) of Perdue, third to Wyatt Grant of Edam and fourth to Bill LaClare of Edam. Average weight was 673 pounds, average price $1,360 with a high of $1,750.

Class 5 - Pen of Three Open Heifers: (17 entries) grand to Roger Blaquiere of Edam, reserve to and Dune Livestock (Dwayne Kobes) of Edam, third to Joe Cole of Edam and fourth to Caleb Greening of Edam. Average weight was 626.5 pounds, average price $1,275 with a high of $1,850.

Class 6 - Pen of Five Open Heifers: (nine entries) grand to Brandon Wall of Edam, reserve to Andrew Russett of Edam, third to Joe Cole of Edam and fourth to Roach Ranching (Daryl Roach) of Edam. Average weight was 634 pounds, average price $1,252.78 with a high of high $1,450.

Class 7 - Pen of Three Bred Heifers: (nine entries) grand to Mitch Wall of Edam, reserve to Gordie and Shelley Craig of North Battleford, third to Joey LaClare of Edam and fourth to Windmill Stock Farm (Doug Johnson) of Shell Lake. Average weight was 1,200 pounds, average price was $2,058.33 with a high of $2,500.

Class 8 - Pen of Five Bred Heifers: (four entries) grand to Windmill Stock Farm (Doug Johnson) of Shell Lake, reserve to Brooke Roach of Edam, third to John Roach of Edam and fourth to Gordie and Shelley Craig of North Battleford. Average weight was 1,179 pounds, average price at $2,212.50 with a high of $2,650.

The producer judges for the purebred bull classes were chosen from the grand and reserve of each class shown. This year the three producers that were chosen were Gordie Craig, Doug Marjoram and Dwayne Kobes. These fellows had their work cut out for them. The final decisions are:

Class 10 - Pen of Three Purebred Bulls - British (six entries) grand to 20/20 Angus (Owen and Bernie Legaarden) of Paynton, reserve to Double F Cattle Co. (Kelly and Angie Feige) of Parkside, third to The Cliffs Farm (Kurtis Reid) of Hepburn and fourth to Grant Lodge Farm (John and Apryl Grant) of Edam.

Class 11 - Pen of Three Purebred Bulls - Exotic (16 entries) grand to Flying S Ranch (Ken and Shauna Sinclair) of Spruce Lake, reserve to Red Willow Ranch (Darin and Josh Tyler) of Cut Knife, third to Red Willow Ranch (Darin and John Tyler) of Cut Knife and fourth to Little Willow Creek (Harlands) of Frenchman Butte.

 There was also a People’s Choice Pen of Bulls where the people who bought ballets chose the pen of bulls entered by Black Gold Simmentals (Randy Noble) of Hillmond.

Before the sale started, Mitch Stuart made a presentation to Laura Carruthers of Frenchman Butte. Laura purchased her 4 -H steer at the Edam Fall Fair last fall and went on to win with that steer at her regional show. The Fall Fair 4 -H program presented Laura with a progressive jackpot of $1,250. 

Congratulations to all who placed and to those who pulled off another successful Fall Fair.

 

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