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Emo Fair changes showed positive results


Last year was another year of change for the annual fall fair in Emo, Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society president Emily Watson noted during her report at the group’s annual meeting last Tuesday night.

“Our attendance was up by over 24 percent from 2005,” Watson noted, adding this increased the income from the midway and overall profit.

Several changes may have brought more people out to the fair.

Watson noted the annual loggers’ competition was held as a memorial for the late Gaston Godbout, a long-time competitor and champion, while a parade of breeds (showcasing local horses) was added to the regular parade.

“Our board made a conscious decision to plan more events for families and children,” Watson remarked.

RRVAS members and students wore costumes—purchased from a costume company that closed—throughout the grounds and in the parade, “Grandpa Magic” was hired to perform magic shows and create balloon characters for audience members, and a brand new horse arena was built.

To complete the year, Watson said they had an inspection from the Electrical Safety Authority and now have an extensive list of items that need to be upgraded.

“We have applied for a grant of $25,000 from the AgriSpirit Fund, which is sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, to help with some of the cost,” she noted.

Also at last week’s meeting, nominations for the RRVAS board of directors saw Lois Caul, Monika Galloway, Gary Judson, Harold Kellar, Ron Kelly, Henry Kornelson, Robert Stewart, Marie Whiting, and Watson given a two-year term.

Completing their second year of a two-year term on the board Les Caul, Becky Georgeson, James Gibson, Angela Halvorsen, Jan Halvorsen, Bev Hasiuk, Bill James, Jason Teeple, and Jo Woolsey.

Rounding out the board are ex-officio directors Linda Armstrong (representing the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture) and John Bosma (representing the Borderland Racing Association).

4-H will name its representative at its annual meeting in February.

In addition, Watson was elected as president, with Angela Halvorsen as first vice-president and Bill James as second vice-president.

“We’ve got a full board this year—I’m pleased,” Watson enthused. “It’s going to be bigger and better this year, and we’re going to be doing more things.”

The RRVAS holds regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Emo Curling Club. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact secretary/treasurer Jan Judson.

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