‘Spring Fever’ welcomed

This is “Spring Fever” weekend in Emo. This year, it also might be known as the “Cabin Fever Breakout.”
The businesses of Emo have, for more than four decades, drawn district residents together to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring and summer.
Some 47 years ago, I made my first trip on my own to check out the boats at Tompkins. That spring, I had a licence to drive and my father let me borrow the family car and with my brother on a Friday night, we headed to Emo for Spring Fever Days.
I haven’t missed a “Spring Fever” weekend since.
Every year, the businesses have found new ways and buys to attract people to their community on the Saturday of Spring Fever Days. Draws, breakfasts, and sales are the first draw to the community.
However, the bigger draw to the community is all the social activity that takes place. You can never go to “Spring Fever” for a morning. Instead, you expect to spend a full day.
A stop at Tompkins inevitably leads to an hour or two of talking with friends. Dropping by the arena to see Donny Foster’s boat show again leads to more talking and less viewing.
And by the time you get to Cloverleaf, to pick up the groceries for the week, you already are into the afternoon.
And every stop is the same. Wherever you stop in Emo during Spring Fever Days, you are bound to find friends. The first question is all about family—children either going off to school for a first time, or off to high school or college and university.
You learn about the changes in family; babies to be born and weddings to celebrate in coming months. That is what makes the “Spring Fever” weekend so popular.
The weekend has included rain and snow and sunshine. But neither rain nor snow has ever dampened the spirit of the weekend.
You break out of winter, with a focus to new lawn mowers, bikes, boats, motors, gardening, and cabins. You can shuck the winter boots and heavy jackets, and if the day is nice, put on shorts and T-shirts or summer-weight clothing.
It is the fun place to be this weekend.

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