Now well into its second century, the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's annual fair fall is set to go tomorrow through Saturday in Emo—and once again there will be plenty in store for all ages and interests.
Even Mother Nature is looking to be on board this year, with no rain in the forecast until perhaps Sunday although it will be hot as the mercury is expected to hover around 30 degrees C for all three days.
The midway gets up and running tomorrow at 2 p.m., with the Exhibition Hall to be open from 4-8 p.m. As well, even though there's no Fair Queen pageant this year, the annual Mini-Queen and Mini-King contest is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.
Then things really get going on Friday with the always-popular loggers' competition at 9:30 a.m. in front of the grandstand, along with the beef and dairy cattle show, the horse shows, and the opening of the Farm Progress Building, followed by the first of two nights of stock car racing action at the Emo Speedway that gets underway with hot laps at 6 p.m. and the first heat at 6:30.
Saturday's events include the annual parade, which starts at noon in front of the Emo Health Centre, the 4-H market steer action at 4 p.m., and then the truck raffle at 11 p.m. upstairs at the arena.
Good luck to all those competing this week, whether in the cattle or horse ring, at the Exhibition Hall and poultry barn, or on the stock car oval, and kudos to all the organizers and volunteers who help stage the Emo Fair year after year.
With its endearing motto of “Come a stranger . . . leave a friend,” district residents have been making memories at the Emo Fair for more than 100 years. It always has been—and remains—a jewel of our district and an eagerly-anticipated highlight on the calendar for so many each August.
Enjoy the fair, everyone!