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Spring Fever Days set for this weekend


It seems spring is here and the Township of Emo is celebrating the season with its annual Spring Fever Days on April 20-22.

“There’s a lot going on,” stressed Chamber of Commerce president Colleen Vennechenko, adding the majority of events will take place on Saturday.

“Thursday and Friday will be quiet, but we hope to see everyone out on Saturday,” she remarked.

Boat shows by Tompkins Hardware and Nestor Falls Marine will begin tomorrow (Thursday) while a book, hotdog, and pop sale, sponsored by the Emo Public Library, will be held Friday.

“And tickets for the [Emo] Walleye Classic raffle will be on sale,” noted Vennechenko.

But much more is planned on Saturday—a pancake breakfast, “Cuts for Cancer,” car wash, “Poker Walkabout,” minnow races, and family fun day to name a few.

The new Rejuvenate Fitness Club also will hold an open house while the Village Variety will celebrate its grand opening after recent renovations there.

Vennechenko noted family fun day has never been held during Spring Fever Days before, so it is the only new addition to the annual line-up.

Co-ordinator Carrie Baker said there will be a scavenger hunt, face-painting, and games for kids of all ages at the Emo curling rink.

“It’s perfect for parents who want to shop kid-free for the afternoon,” she explained. “If it’s nice, we’ll do the scavenger hunt outside and I’m sure everyone will have fun.”

Baker added parents are more than welcome to stay and participate if they want, but shouldn’t feel obligated to.

Aside from the games and activities, hotdogs and juice will be provided by the Emo rec council and a snack canteen also will be available.

Vennechenko hopes the weather will stay the way it has been—at least until the end of Saturday. But she admitted she hasn’t checked the forecast yet.

“I’m hoping for nothing but sunshine,” she remarked, though adding most of the events could take place in the rain.

“The ‘Poker Walkabout’ is one of the only things that you would have to be outside for, but I’m sure people would probably walk in the rain anyway,” she chuckled.

A complete schedule of Spring Fever Days events is listed in the special edition inserted with this week’s edition of the Times.

The only thing not on the schedule in the crowning of the “Biggest Loser” winner, which will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Corner Closet.

“We weren’t going to do it then but we changed our minds,” explained Vennechenko, noting the weight-loss challenge had wrapped up earlier this month.

“It was a good season,” she added. “We had a smaller group and the numbers dwindled at the end, but it was good.”

But Vennechenko has decided not to hold another “Biggest Loser” challenge until possibly next January.

“I thought about having one in the fall, but everyone is so busy,” she said. “If we start in January, people might have more time.”

The top six participants of the challenge were Karen Borger (down 31.4 pounds), Barb Forbes (20.8 pounds), Crystal Gray (20.8 pounds), John Hendrickson (16.2 pounds), Debbie Zimmerman (15.2 pounds), and Connie Hendrickson (10.8 pounds).

Cash prizes will be presented.

In the meantime, Vennechenko said she hopes everyone comes out for the fun and festive weekend.

“It’s like the Emo Fair,” she remarked. “You get to chat with people you haven’t seen in a while and there’s just so much to see and do.”

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