Emo businesses gearing for ‘Holly Daze’

The Emo Chamber of Commerce and business sector have completed plans for the annual “Holly Daze” celebrations coming up Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
If the weatherman co-operates, it will be a fantastic two days of fun for youngsters and adults alike.
“Stores will have extra values for shoppers for the Christmas season,” noted Chamber president Colleen Vennechenko, not to mention all the in-store draws.
Of course, some lucky person also will walk away with $500 in Emo Bucks. That draw will be held on the Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Lions Park at 4 p.m. (all tickets to be picked up by 3:30).
Letters also will be faxed out to local schools about Christmas decorations. Cheryl Curtis, Marlene McQuaker, and Vennechenko will decorate Front Street trees for that weekend.
Candy canes will be given out for every decoration handed in.
Pictures with Santa once again will be held at the CIBC in Emo on the Saturday from 2-4 p.m. This year, a donation towards the food bank will be taken instead of a fee.
The committee will contact Kenora Armories to set up a tent at the Lions Park pavilion for activities planned there. Most businesses only will be open until 5 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday.
Refreshments also will be available.
CIBC manager Bonnie Wilson said entries for the children’s colouring contest must be turned in to the branch by Nov. 28. The categories are age four-six (Christmas tree), seven-nine (gingerbread man), and 10-12 (snowman).
Customers will vote on the winning entries Nov. 29-30. Hot apple cider and cookies also will be available at the CIBC on the Friday, and the “Tree of Giving” once again will be set up there.
The CIBC also will hold a draw for adults during “Holly Daze.”
In related news, the Emo Chamber of Commerce also discussed next year’s inaugural walleye tournament there which is expected to attract 50 teams.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this large event can contact the Chamber of Commerce or sign up at the Village Variety.
“Help put Emo and area on the map,” said Vennechenko.