According to members of this year’s board, the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s 2012 fall fair in Emo was a total success!
“We had an attendance of close to 8,000 this year. Not bad for our little fair!” enthused RRVAS second vice-president Robin Payeur.
One of the new features the fair board began this year was to honour a family which has made significant contributions to the fair over the years.
This year’s couple, Mike and Betty Zimmerman, started showing cattle at the Emo Fair in 1958.
Since then, they exhibited cattle—and also found time to be fair board directors during the 1970s and ’80s.
Also in those years as directors, he would organize the cattle show while she would organize the flower show in the Exhibition Hall.
For many years, the Zimmerman family was involved in 4-H, always bringing Holstein cattle and a few market steers. Due to their dedication for 4-H and the fair, a passion for showing cattle was born.
After 50-plus years, several of the couple’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren still show cattle at the Emo Fair.
The RRVAS now is seeking nominations of a family which deserves recognition for their longstanding contributions and involvement in the Emo Fair.
This will be an annual event, and every year a family will be recognized for their efforts.
Meanwhile, the annual parade on Saturday, under the direction of Emily Watson, was fantastic.
Many positive comments could be heard from those on hand afterwards. Thanks goes out to the sponsors of the floats, the five fair queen contestants, and everyone who took part in the parade.
The theme chosen by the board for the parade was “A Family Tradition—Going to the Fair.”
Many young families with strollers could be seen at the midway, visiting the Farm Progress Building, and purchasing food at the various booths.
The family tradition of the Emo Fair obviously has been continued by a new generation of parents who fondly remember their experiences at the fair and want their children to experience the same joys.
While still enjoying the success of this year’s fair, the RRVAS already is planning for next year.
“We’re always looking for new ideas for fair time and we could always use some new board members,” noted Payeur.
The success of the fair each year depends on the participation of members of the farming community, the many unselfish volunteers, and the thousands of visitors who continue to make the Emo Fair a “family tradition.”