Just what the doctor ordered.
That’s what most people I talked to are saying about Emo’s Spring Fever Days last Thursday to Saturday, adding it turned out to be one of best ever.
You could not buy a parking space anywhere down Emo’s colourful Front Street while the stores were crowded with shoppers looking for bargains as well as registering for the Emo Bucks draw.
It also was a great weekend for Cindy Campbell, who won the first prize of $500 in Emo Bucks, which was drawn Saturday afternoon by Carlito Gicale of the CanAsian Restaurant.
She had entered the draw at the Emo Inn.
Winning $250 in Emo Bucks each were Shirley Bird (deposited at Tompkins Hardware) and Wendy Rosengren (entered at the Corner Closet).
Stephanie Goodman and Tammy Kinnear made the latter two draws, respectively.
Raymond Polz of Fort Frances also had reason to celebrate—winning the boat, motor, and trailer package offered by Nestor Falls Marine during its annual boat show at the Emo Arena.
Tyler Mann and Tammi Foster drew the winning ticket. The kids’ draw was won by Seth Lauzon.
Meanwhile, Ethel Alexander was the lucky winner of the grocery hamper draw staged by the Emo Legion.
There were three winners in the guess the number of candies in the jar. Josh Wilson, Valance Allan, and Nathan Brigham had all guessed 2,281 (the actual number was 2,278).
The three each received $10 and one-third of the candies.
There also were three winners of $100 gift certificates from Emo Drugs—Lucy Wilson, Tori Sheppard, and Gail Donaldson. Dan Haglin won the CD player while Don Angus took home the Lego soccer.
The winner of the Scrap-A-Bit gift certificate was Mary O’Connor.
CIBC colouring contest winners were Morgan Jourdain (ages four-six), Karlene Pollard (six-nine), and Chantel Heyens (10-12). The adult winner was Dianne Stafford.
Winners at the Village Variety included Tanya Foy, Tami Mann, Cliff Westover, Ella Carruthers, Cyndi Bolen, Shirley Bell, Glen Kellar, Jason Lilley, Sam Westover, Charlene Bazylewski, Jody Faragher, Emma Smart, and Morgan Ikert.
Other winners were Marilyn Faragher, Rachel Hettinga, Sherri McKelvie, Deb Carlson, Ruthanne McGinnis, Gladys Viehbeck, and Ray Cyr.
The annual Crafts Galore at the Emo Legion featured nine tables of wonderful gifts, as well as penny tables operated by the local Sea Cadets and Stratton Toy Library.
STL winners included Melanie Sheppard, Adelia Guba, Danielle Shrumm, Calli Marmus, Diane Stafford, Donna Davidson, Charlotte Mann, Kathy Rae, Cynthia Cave, Finn Brusven, Kailey Greengrass, Shirley Dumas, and Donna Sheppard.
Exhibitors included Ray Bragg, Inga Szeders and Inga Schiebler, Sherri Stamarski, Carol Inkster, Marie Whitting, Gladys Enns, and Lori-Ann Shortreed, Mylissa Whitmell, Marj Stang, Irene Gerula, Carla Jack, Sheila Jackson, Mel Sheppard, Nancy and Barb, and LaVerne Caul, Elaine Wilson, and Linda Jewell.
The one-man sawmill display by Ken Inkster at Norlund’s drew a large crowd of interested patrons. Emo Borderland Snowmobile Club had an open house at its clubhouse at the municipal garage.
The Village Variety had minnow races while the local Scouts held a spaghetti supper at Knox United Church. There also were numerous yard sales around the community plus the auction at Maurice MacMillan’s.
The Little House housed two bake sales—one by the Devlin United Church on Friday and the second by Off Covenant Church on Saturday.
The Whiskey Jack Woodcarvers, led by Steve Latimer, had set up shop at the arena with Nestor Falls Marine. “Business was brisk,” Latimer noted, adding the location was very well situated.
So, too, had Shirley Sheppard and Kathy Leek of the Emo Public Library, who had hundreds of books for sale as well as Emo’s Centennial Cookbook.