Chasing away cabin fever

This is a busy weekend coming up and the district should be moving with so many events to take in.
There will be lots of reasons to travel up and down the highway on Friday and Saturday.
The final touches for the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business & Community Expo are being finalized at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
No doubt Jim Badiuk from Badiuk Equipment was busy choosing what he would be bringing to the show.
Don Foster, meanwhile, was busy over the past weekend organizing his boats at the Emo-La Vallee Arena in anticipation of “Spring Fever Days” taking place tomorrow through Saturday in Emo.
The Chamber’s business expo is being held earlier than previous years while “Spring Fever Days” is a week later than normal.
There will be lots to see at both the trade show and the specials the Emo merchants have created. Begun in 1968, the Emo Chamber of Commerce is continuing to showcase to the district that a small community can thrive.
I would suggest one take extra time to survey the growth and building in the subdivisions at either end of the community.
Outdoor recreation continues to dominate the show, with Tompkins, Nestor Falls Marine, and Borderland showcasing their products. If you are looking for a new mower, garden tiller, or chainsaw, this is the weekend to make your deal.
It is fun to dream about having a small tractor for yard work, or a bigger and faster boat for fishing and travelling.
But there is more. Every merchant has specials. Misty River Alternatives is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is a worthwhile stop.
Breakfasts, lunches, and barbecues all are happening.
Often missed, but essential to the district, is Purity Seeds. Larry Lamb has grown his business and is hosting an open house and barbecue to showcase his huge operation.
As part of his celebration, Larry has arranged to bring in three seed reps to talk about making the next growing season the most successful ever.
One might spend a whole day just in Emo.
There are other attractions happening across the district. The spring cattle sale goes Saturday morning at the Stratton sales barn. Nichole Lowey will be hosting a terrarium-making workshop at the Fort Frances Museum that afternoon.
Remembering our heritage, St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances will be hosting a tea in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on Saturday, as well.
There is something for everyone.
Across the district, cabin fever will give way to a sense of renewal—and a reason to get out and celebrate with friends.

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