Monday, August 3, 2015

Annual Emo event draws solid turnout

With a coating of six cm of wet snow Friday, Emo looked like it should be celebrating “Holly Daze” instead of “Spring Fever Days.”
But despite the snow and cold, Tom Jackson of Tompkins Hardware said people still came out for the annual event.

“I guess that means that if you can’t do anything at your home or cabin, just come to Emo for Spring Fever Days,” he reasoned, adding he felt there was a better turnout than last year.
“It was good—there were lots of people around,” Jackson enthused.
He noted the weather was “fairly decent” on Saturday, with Friday’s snow having melted that afternoon.
“It was better [weather] than Friday but even Friday was really busy,” he remarked.
Jackson added that with the lakes not yet open, people who typically go to the lake for the weekend were around.
“It’s kind of a transition time of year so it’s a good opportunity for everyone to come out to Emo and check things out,” he said.
Mark Loney of Cloverleaf Grocery agreed, noting that with the ice still in, it seemed people were looking for something to do.
“It was good,” he remarked. “I think sales were up.
“It was really, really busy on Saturday.”
Loney said a lot of people took advantage of their visit to Emo and helped filled up the recycling container in front of the store.
“It was really good to see,” he noted.
Money from the recycling went towards Donald Young School last month; this month it will help support the United Church summer camp.
People also were willing to support the local food bank, with people donating items at Emo Drugs.
Owner Kristyn Asplund wanted to help address the needs of the community and put the call out for people to donate.
“When customers dropped off at least three non-perishable food items, they had the opportunity to put their name into the draw for a gift basket,” Asplund noted, adding she was pleased with all the support they received.
The gift basket was won by Pepper Hinrichs of Fort Frances.
“We were busy right until 3 p.m. and normally we’re not,” Asplund added.
“And it was nice to see people from the whole district out this way—from Fort Frances to Rainy River were here and a lot of people from Nestor Falls came down,” she said.
“So I think it did well this year.”
There also was plenty of traffic at the Emo Arena, where the annual Nestor Falls Marine Boat Show took place, along with a display by Gary Foster, Freedom 55 financial advisor.
And in preparation for the gardening season, Borderland Esso and Degagne Equipment both held an annual “Lawn and Garden” show.
The always-popular “Crafts Galore” sale, meanwhile, took place at the Emo Legion, where a great lunch of soup and sandwiches was served.
Other places to eat included Rainy River Meats, which held a barbecue on Front Street, and at the minor hockey barbecue and flea market at the arena.
For its part, the local Women’s Institute held a rummage sale, along with a chili-and-bun lunch at the Pioneer Museum in Emo.
“Spring Fever Days” also featured a book sale at the Emo Public Library, a 5K run/walk hosted by Rejuvenate Fitness, and a miniature horse petting zoo on Front Street, courtesy of Dreamweaver Ranch.
There were plenty of draws and prizes up for grabs, as well, with the Emo Chamber of Commerce gift certificates drawn at Tompkins Hardware at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The lucky winners were Bev McCoy ($500), Dale Smith ($250), and Albert Leek ($250).
“I’d certainly say it was a successful weekend,” Jackson said.
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