Emo Fair charging full speed ahead

By Natali Trivuncic
Staff Writer
ntrivuncic@fortfrances.com

Bouncy castles and family games being organized in place of midway

After a rocky start, the Emo Fair is underway, and planning is full speed ahead.

Angela Halvorsen, board member of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society, said they received the go ahead in early July and since then they have been hustling to pull everything together in less than two months.

“Generally, we have a year to plan the fair and because we started planning about three weeks, we’re scrambling a little bit to try and get things in place,” Halvorsen said.

Halvorsen said she has been updating the information on the website and Facebook page as more things get planned.

Gate admission is a free will donation this year. Halvorsen said this is because they are unsure how many people will be attending this year and ask that people throw in a few bucks in the jar when they enter.

“Some people are just tired of being in their houses and so they’ll come, other people probably are a little more hesitant to come out,” Halvorsen said. “It is outdoors and we’re going to have signs to social distance, and they will be required to wear masks indoors.”

Due to the delay in planning because of COVID-19 restrictions there will be no Midway, but Halvorsen said there will be other forms of entertainment such as bouncy castles provided by Dom’s Inflatables.

There will be four inflatables, with admission of $5 per person, per day. They will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Halvorsen adds that parental supervision is required, and children must wear socks inside the bouncy castles.

As well, there will be fair games featuring Fair Queen Royalty. The Fair Queen contestants will be providing fun games and prizes to be won for families on the main grounds.

The Emo Fair Queen contestants are Leah Bagacki, Georgia Romyn, Anysley Teeple, and Makinnley McCormick

“We’re just trying to fill the space because normally there’s a big Midway and we wouldn’t normally have room for all these extras,” Halvorsen said. “That’s why we’re doing a few different things this year just to try and fill some space and have some things that people will be attracted to come in and be part of the fair.”

One of the new attractions is the honey competition, part of the new edition to the fair called the judge’s special, which will see the first prize winner take home $150. The event is sponsored by local beekeeper Rick Nielson of Seven Bends Honey.

Halvorsen said the 4-H Beef Show is a go and will be the same as other years. Also, the Old Tractor Club has confirmed they will be attending the fair with the Early Iron Club at noon on Saturday.

Halvorsen said fan favourite The Nite Hawk Band will be performing on the small stage on Friday and Saturday.

Halvorsen said due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no food items in the exhibition hall and a revised fair book for that section will be posted by Friday.

For more information on the schedule and fair updates visit emofair.com.