Fair board eyeing monthly flea markets

Heather Latter

FORT FRANCES—The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society is planning to start up a tail-gate flea market once a month at the fair grounds in Emo.
“The fair grounds sit there empty for most of the year, so we were thinking up other ways to utilize the area,” explained fair board director Marie Whiting.
“They are really big in the States and we’re hoping maybe they’d start to catch on here, too,” she reasoned.
Whiting noted they would hold the flea market under the grandstands, so it could go rain-or-shine.
Vendors could bring their in their vehicle or set up a table if they wish.
It will cost $20 for a spot, with the money going towards a fund to improve the buildings at the fair grounds.
“People can sell anything to want,” Whiting stressed, noting there are a lot of crafty people who make items or who have home-based business products they might want to sell.
She added they would like to hold the tail-gate flea markets on the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June.
It would run for the morning—and perhaps expand if there is a lot of interest.
Whiting said those interested in obtaining a spot, or if they have questions, can call her at 487-2323.
“Then if we get enough people, we will go ahead with it,” she explained, noting she’d like to have at least 10 vendors committed to participating.
“We’re not going to do it for just one or two,” she stressed.
Whiting added they would open up one of the buildings and sell coffee and other refreshments, as well.
“We just want to bring in some money so we can fix up the buildings,” she remarked.
As another way to raise funds, the RRVAS also is presenting some live entertainment on Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Emo Legion.
“Country Blend,” a southern Manitoba-based group, will perform a tribute to the legends of country music, such as Dolly, Patsy, Loretta, Kitty, Jeannie, Jim Reeves, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, and Willie Nelson.
Tickets cost $20, which are available by calling 482-2428.
(Fort Frances Times)