“Holly Daze,” Emo’s annual pre-Christmas celebration, once again has been declared a success by local merchants.
Despite the frosty weather, the two-day festival attracted people from across the district anxious to start their Christmas shopping or pick up a bargain or two given all the in-store sales and specials being offered.
On Friday evening, Front Street was crowded with cars on both sides of the road as people arrived to watch the Santa Claus parade and the fireworks. Everyone was treated to a remarkable parade of floats decorated with lights and Christmas decorations.
One float featured a huge inflatable snowman, another included two hockey nets and a number of players ready to score, while another depicted the manger scene. There even was a reindeer riding a horse!
The highlight of the parade for the children, of course, jolly St. Nick himself.
The only glitch in the parade was that the Donald Young School float unfortunately broke down as it pulled away. The students, however, in the spirit of the season, simply hopped off and followed along behind Santa’s float singing Christmas carols.
The fireworks that began immediately after the parade were simply dazzling. It may have been the cold, crisp air but each burst of colour seemed just a little bit more amazing than the July 1 fireworks.
The Emo rec council provided hot chocolate to the chilly spectators as they huddled on the sidewalk to watch the parade and fireworks.
Following the outdoor activities, many people headed over to Donald Young School for the Borderland Orchestra’s Christmas concert. A large, appreciative audience was treated to a heart-warming performance by the orchestra, under the direction of Katherine Williams.
The program also featured a preview performance by the cast of the school’s new musical, “Seussical the Musical,” which will be staged early next year.
Saturday proved to be an equally busy day in Emo. The “Crafts Galore” sale at the Legion saw a steady stream of traffic throughout the day.
It became extremely busy when Santa Claus showed up for pictures with the children. The line wound its way around tables near the stage for a couple of hours until Santa had to leave.
The festivities ended with a couple of important draws.
The six pairs of names drawn for the remaining spots in the annual Emo Walleye Classic next May are Rick Socholotuk and Matt Goldamer (#51), Brendon Loney and Shane Scott (#52), Jamie Hartnell and Dorothy Leninger (#53), Brian and Carole Dent (#54), Aaron Bison and Travis Rob (#55), and Wade Mose and Wayne Both (#56).
The other draw of interest to most people was for two Emo Chamber of Commerce gift certificates each worth $250.
The lucky winners were Arlene Rea of Devlin, who entered at Tompkins Hardware, and George Siemens, who entered at Kaemingh Fuels Ltd.
Congratulations to all the draw winners—and to everyone who helped make Emo’s 2008 “Holly Daze” such a tremendous success!