Emo Fair to be mix of old, new activities

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo is just around the corner and once again it is shaping up to offer several days of fun-filled activities for the entire family.
Things get underway Monday night (Aug. 15) with a “Meet the Fair Queens” dinner and fashion show beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Emo/La Vallee Community Centre.
On Wednesday, entries for the Exhibition Hall will be accepted from 4-8 p.m.
The real fun begins next Thursday (Aug. 18) when the Select Shows midway opens at 2 p.m. and runs until midnight. On Friday and Saturday, the midway opens at noon and runs until midnight.
Then at 7 p.m., the new fair queen will be crowned in the Emo/La Vallee Community Centre following a talent show.
At the same time, the Exhibition Hall will be closed for judging.
Activities next Friday (Aug. 19) will get going with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Borderland Racing Association from 7-10 a.m. At 8 a.m., the livestock exhibit opens to the public, as does the equipment display.
There also will be a miniature and draft horse show running from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Farm Progress Building and Exhibition Hall both open at 10 a.m.
Also next Friday, the ever-popular loggers’ competition, featuring individuals and teams competing for district bragging rights, will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon in front of the grandstand.
Will two-time defending champion Kelvin Caul get his “three-peat,” or will his son, Jason, overthrow the king? Come out and see for yourself.
There will, of course, be the usual livestock shows and exhibits, as well as the musical talents of Arnie the Fiddler on both the Friday and Saturday.
The 4-H Club beef and dairy cattle shows get underway next Saturday (Aug. 20) at 8 a.m. and run until noon, culminating in the steer auction at 4 p.m.
This is your chance to bid on some prime Rainy River beef—while also helping the district’s future farmers finance their education.
The annual fair parade starts at noon next Saturday and ends in front of the grandstand. The mini-queen and king pageant will follow at 1 p.m. on the small stage.
New this year is the tractor balance and slow tractor pull, which will run from 1-4 p.m. on the Saturday.
“We’ve had requests to have these new [tractor] events,” explained RRVAS president Emily Watson.
Watson should be easy enough to spot in “Gator”—a motorized cart provided by DeGagne Equipment—as she travels around the fairgrounds on the weekend.
The cart will be available to anyone who needs assistance getting around the grounds. Just ask for it at the gate and Watson will be happy to become your personal cabby.
“We offered this service last year, too,” she noted.
And once again, there will be stock car racing both Friday and Saturday at the fair, starting with hot laps from 6-6:30 p.m.
There also will be an additional feature. “We have the regular stock car races, but this year there will be a special vintage car race before the regular race,” Watson remarked.