Fair queen role a busy, fun job

    If she had the chance to be Emo Fair Queen all over again, Samantha Loveday would take the opportunity in a New York minute.
    The 16-year-old Fort Frances teen was crowned during the 2006 Emo Fair but come tomorrow evening (Aug. 16), she will pass her crown on to one of six contestants vying for this year’s title.
    “It was a great experience and I learned a lot and enjoyed it very much,” Loveday said during a recent telephone interview.
    “I was out in the community throughout the whole Rainy River District, including [nine parades]—it was a lifetime experience actually,” she added, also noting her participation in community teas, face-painting events at the Emo Speedway, radio spots, and community canteens.
    Her favourite experience was the team effort of making and organizing parade floats.
    Loveday’s advice for her successor was simple, yet wise—and not without an anticipatory flavour of the fun to come.
    “What the new upcoming queen has to expect is just to be responsible and attend a lot of community activities—make sure you are out there representing [the district],” she counselled.
    “And enjoy yourself, have fun being a part of things, with people in the community,” she added.
    Meanwhile, the new queen and her entourage will be more involved during the Emo Fair weekend than in previous years, Emily Watson, president of the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society, noted earlier this month.
    This Friday (Aug. 17) from 7-10 p.m., upstairs in the Emo Arena, the group will be a part of an entertainment show based on the talent each one performed as part of the queen talent contest the previous evening.
    Proceeds from that event, as well as an “open mic” event there the following evening (Aug. 18) featuring musicians from across the region, will go towards building a new multi-use facility at the fairgrounds in Emo.
    Cost to the public for each event will be a toonie.
    Also on Saturday, the queen contestants will be in charge of the Mini-King and Queen contest, added Watson, and “they will be spending time working in the Exhibition Hall and being on the grounds.”
    In related news, this year’s fair also will feature a threshing demonstration in front of the grandstand on Friday at 11 a.m.
    As  well, a balloon and magic show by “Grandpa Magic” is slated both Friday and Saturday from 4-5 p.m. upstairs in the Emo Arena.