Emo Spring Fever Days look to be biggest ever

If you’ve made any plans for this weekend that don’t include a visit to Emo, then you’re really missing the boat.
Spring Fever Days, that traditional kick-off to spring in Emo, goes Thursday-Saturday—and this year it promises to be bigger than ever.
Actually, festivities got underway today (Wednesday) with the official grand-opening of West End Emo—complete with a hotdog and pop sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
All proceeds went to the Emo food bank.
Then things take off for real tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 a.m. at the Emo Arena with the Nestor Falls Marine Boat Show, which runs there all weekend.
Tompkins Hardware also is holding a boat show all weekend.
On Friday, there will be a book, hotdog, and pop sale at the arena, sponsored by the Emo Public Library. And while you’re there, why not check out the Whiskey Jack Carvers’ display.
Saturday is when things really get going, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo with the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the G.E.M.S.
At 9 a.m., Fort High students will be holding a car wash and hotdog sale at Cloverleaf, with proceeds going toward the “chem-free” grad party in June.
Then at 10 a.m., there will be a bake sale at the arena, sponsored by Off Lake Church.
Be sure to be down on Front Street at 11 a.m. to see who the “Biggest Loser” is. That individual will crowned and receive some special prizes.
In that same spirit of fitness, a “Poker Walkabout” is being held in conjunction with Spring Fever Days, in which 18 local businesses from the Emo Inn to Visser Auto will punch your card.
Participants must check in at a minimum 10 places to qualify for poker cards.
Registration begins at Tompkins Hardware at 10 a.m., with all cards needing to be in by 2 p.m.
You can buy your cards at Tompkins for $2 apiece or three for $5. The player with the highest five-card hand takes home 50 percent of the pot.
Please note, only walkers qualify for this event—no bicycles and in-line skates allowed.
If you find you need to fuel up for this endeavour, Emo council members will be dishing out chili and a bun for $3 on Front Street on Saturday afternoon.
And while you’re down there, you might want to check out the ever-popular minnow races at Tompkins Hardware, which get underway at 3 p.m.
And finally, The Hair and Body Care Shoppe will be holding its annual “Cuts for Cancer” fundraiser Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in memory of Sam Visser, who passed away due to cancer earlier this year.
Half the proceeds will be donated to the chemotherapy unit at La Verendrye hospital in Fort Frances, with the other half going to Connie Cunningham, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of January.
She began her battle April 1 and has six months of chemo ahead of her.
Cunningham will be on hand at 3:30 p.m. when six volunteers—Bonnie Bender, Mike Williams, Brenda Elias, Patte Labbe, Jim Daw, and 10-year-old Ashley Hughes—will have their heads shaved.
Elias is the daughter of Visser while Daw is Cunningham’s father.
The last event will be the draw for Emo Bucks, which takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. at The Hair and Body Care Shoppe.
One lucky person will win $500 worth of credit, good at most businesses in Emo.
Second prize is $300 in Emo Bucks and third prize is $200.
In related news, tickets for the Emo Walleye Classic raffle in May will be on sale all weekend.
The grand prize is a 2005 Crestliner 1600 walleye boat, complete with a Yamaha 40 h.p. motor, E-Z Loader trailer, trolling motor, and fish finder.