On Monday, the board of directors of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society met to set dates and times for Emo Fair activities.
Sherri Hay, first vice-president of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society, said the fair will be held on August 20 and 21 this year. Although the fair is only running on the Friday and Saturday, the fair queen will be crowned on Thursday August 19.
Hay said they have around four contestants for fair queen so far but are looking for more. Mary Croswell and Sis McCormick are the organizers and will be holding a contestant meeting on July 7 at 7 p.m. at the park in Barwick for anyone interested in running for fair queen.
Croswell and McCormick are also taking care of the mini king and queen which will have their crowning ceremony on August 21.
Those who would like to know more can reach Croswell at 807-271-1586 or McCormick at 807-276-2483.
Along with the fair queen, the stock car races will be a two-day show, taking place on the Friday and Saturday nights. Hot laps will be at 6 p.m. and the racing will be at 6:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and children nine and under are free.
“They had a 25 per cent capacity of the grandstands which works to be 625 people,” Hay said. “Masks have to be worn until they’re seated. When they’re seated then they may remove their masks. They have to sit with their group of people and there will be a separate entrance and exit.”
There will be three food booths and an equestrian show that will be run with the help of Whispering Pines.
Unfortunately, Hay said there will not be a beef show like there usually is, adding that they cannot determine what happens with 4H and 4H Ontario has to make that decision.
Something new will be coming to the fair this year. Hay said there will be a honey competition to “find the best honey in the world.” As well, she adds that they are still working on what the exhibition hall will look like for the fair.
There will be a parade. Hay said they are still deciding on a theme for it, but it will start at the Emo Hospital on August 21 at 10:30 a.m. and end in front of the grandstands.
The logger’s competition will also be happening August 20 in the morning.
Hay said since there is not going to be a Midway, they are looking into other activities for children, but nothing has been set yet.
Although case numbers are low and vaccination rates are high, Hay said they are optimistically planning for a smooth fair, but it is subject to change depending on provincial regulations.
To keep updated on all things fair related, Hay said they will continue to update the website, emofair.com.