Although winter just doesn’t seem to want to loosen its grip on the district, a large number of people from across the area turned out to celebrate Spring Fever Days in Emo on April 16-18.
Merchants and event organizers all were pleased with the warm, sunny weather on Friday and with the number of people who decided to take advantage of the spring-like atmosphere.
On Saturday, however, the temperature dropped and rain threatened to put a damper on the annual event.
Despite the cool weather, attendance Saturday was extremely good, with most of the crowd visiting businesses and indoor events.
Only a small number of brave souls spent time on the sidewalks visiting friends and buying hotdogs and smokies from the Emo rec council.
Staff of the Emo Public Library, which moved their annual book sale from the arena to the library, was extremely pleased with the public’s support this year.
They sold a large number of books, raising $950 which will be used to purchase new material for the EPL.
“We were pleased that so many new people visited our library and took out memberships,” enthused head librarian Shirley Sheppard.
Kathy Leek, the other half of the EPL staff, also expressed her appreciation for the positive support demonstrated by the community.
A large crowd also turned out for the official “shaving of the heads” in support of the Hair and Body Care Shoppe’s annual “Cuts for Cancer.”
Six people, including two brave youngsters, had their heads shaved, raising nearly $4,000 in the process, which will be donated to Tamarack House in Thunder Bay.
This relatively new facility is a lodge where regional cancer patients can stay while receiving treatment in the city.
If you would like information about Tamarack House, or would like to make a donation, check out their website at www.tbrhsc.com
Another outdoor event that was well attended on Saturday was the display of antique cars and Peterbilt trucks at Norlund Oil.
“We had a couple of members who couldn’t attend this year but we also had a couple of new members show up,” noted Paul Koomans.
Many people took the time to stop at Norlund’s to check out the cars and talk to the owners.
Then at noon, they paraded their antique cars and trucks along Front Street in order to give everyone a chance to view these beautifully-restored vehicles.
The Borderland Racing Association also had three local cars on display Saturday, with association president Anthony Leek on hand to promote its upcoming season, which will celebrate the 55th anniversary of stock car racing in Emo.
More information about the 2009 season can be found at www.borderlandracing.com
Meanwhile, the Emo/La Vallee Arena was one of the main gathering locations, especially on Saturday. Nestor Falls Marine and the other exhibitors were extremely pleased with the large number of people who chose to drop by.
People were extremely interested in Nestor Falls Marine’s new 2009 line of Triumph Boats. Triumph boats, which are manufactured from a material called ROPLENE, have a lifetime limited warranty.
These boats have 10 times the impact resistance of fiberglass and are virtually indestructible.
Cliff Hagen of Hagen Log Homes was very pleased with the positive attendance Saturday.
“There was a steady stream of people all day and several placed orders for new buildings,” he remarked.
Two new additions to the arena also were pleased with the positive atmosphere of this year’s Spring Fever Days.
The spray park committee, which sold hotdogs and took orders for memorial bricks, collected roughly $800, which will go towards the park, which is slated for construction within the next couple of months.
It is not too late to get a brick. Just visit the municipal office and pick up a form.
The penny table and bake sale organized by Knox United Church in Emo also were extremely successful. The committee would like to thank everyone for supporting their fundraising efforts.
The Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program’s bake sale was well-supported, too, with all of their baking being purchased in short period of time Saturday afternoon.
Members of the army reserve unit in Kenora unfortunately were unable to attend Spring Fever Days this year due to a last-minute change in plans.
Anyone interested still can get in touch with them by calling 1-866-GO-2-ARMY (1-866-462-2769).
Tompkins Home Hardware, DeGagne Equipment, and Borderland Esso also were busy locations during Spring Fever Days.
“I think many people came out to see our new building,” said Scott McLeod of DeGagne Equipment, adding visitors spent time checking out the John Deere lawn and garden equipment.
The highlight for the youngsters was the large assortment of John Deere toys.
Dave Goodman also was happy to see so many customers checking out Borderland Esso’s line of Husqvarna lawn, garden, and power equipment.
“It was so busy that it was difficult to speak to everyone,” admitted Goodman.
If you were unable to speak to a staff member, you are invited to make a return visit to Borderland Esso when spring finally does arrive.
Tompkins’ staff, meanwhile, was extremely pleased with the positive support they received during Spring Fever Days.
They proudly displayed their renovated store, handed out free popcorn and balloons, and served as many people as possible.
The final event of a very busy Spring Fever Days was the draw for the $1,000 in Emo gift certificates.
The $500 first prize was won by Tatum Martin, drawn at Emo Drugs, while the $250 second prizes were won by Gord Woollard (drawn at Gillons’ Insurance) and Bruce Caldwell (drawn at Emo Feeds).