‘Spring Fever Days’ set to go

The merchants of Emo have geared up for “Spring Fever Days” again this year.
The festival, now more than 50 years in age, has become the signal that winter is officially over. Kudos to the foresight of Ted Corrigan, Charlie Tompkins, Bill Mosbeck, Gordon Meyers, and Dennis Degagne, who believed that if the businesses gathered together for a big promotion, residents would make their way to Emo.
“Spring Fever Days” began with the merchants offering a grand prize of admission tickets and accommodations to the Calgary Stampede. It was quite the draw.
That changed almost a decade later, when the draw was transformed into Emo “dollars” that could be spent with the participating Emo merchants.
Today, “Spring Fever Days” is a tradition in the district and a full declaration that winter is finished.
In addition to the main draw, businesses held their own draws for prizes. People flocked to Emo from Atikokan to Rainy River and Sioux Narrows. Cloverleaf and Fairway did not disappoint families with special savings on groceries and meat.
Tompkins, meanwhile, filled their small showroom with the latest boat and even had a sailboat parked out front. When Tompkins expanded, the boats filled the repair shop and parking areas beside the store and in back.
Later, Don Foster of Nestor Falls Marine would take over the arena floor and create a second boat show in the community.
As it grew in popularity, “Spring Fever Days” would see friends crowding into the businesses catching up on family activities that had taken place over the winter. The sidewalks filled and parking has become a premium on Saturday mornings.
The celebration has become more than just a sales event. The Christian Reformed Church hosts a pancake breakfast on the Saturday morning. Rejuvenate Fitness hosts a fun run Saturday morning to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society while the Hair and Body Care Shoppe will do its annual “Cuts for Cancer” on Saturday raising funds for Tamarack House in Thunder Bay.
Other groups will be raising funds for the Emo Hospital Auxiliary, the Emo Fall Fair, and the fairground improvement project. There are lots activities happening, including a car show, free marine boat and garden shows, and a farm animal petting zoo.
And all day Saturday, Fort High students will be raising funds for their “chem-free” grad party by washing cars, as well as selling hotdogs and holding a bake sale, in the Cloverleaf parking lot.
The weather promises to co-operate, finally bringing warmer temperatures this weekend while providing no reason to remain indoors.

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