If it wasn’t for the weather, Canada Day at Emo may have just drawn a capacity crowd.
In the early hours of Monday, it started to drizzle and it looked as if activities would be washed out. But around the noon, the weather had settled down to overcast and chilly.
Committee members decided to decorate Lions Park with balloons for the events that followed.
A first for Emo, a truck convoy of 30 different makes and sizes kicked off the parade, which started for the recently-renovated health centre to Lions Park.
“If the event would have received intensive advertisement, we could have had 400 trucks taking part from the district,” noted Bob Dimit.
At the park, Emma Govier opened the ceremony by singing O Canada. Afterwards, fall fair queen candidates entertained children at different planned amusements.
Horseshoes continued throughout the day between Tompkins Hardware and the CIBC. I happened to catch old-timer Wes Williams and grandson Owen Williams in a friendly game.
Candy and freezies were available at The Little House while a tennis tournament for older children followed next to Lions Park.
Watermelon, fruit juice, and granola bars, donated by Emo Medical Associates, and a food bar were available at the Lions Pavilion. Marlene McQuaker, along with her helpers, were able to keep up with the steady flow of patrons.
Music throughout the afternoon was supplied by Yowza.
Lions Club members Joe Tibold, Larry Jack, LaVerne Tibold, and Leonard Jordens had a horse race board game entertaining even grown-ups. And at the pavilion, Reeve Russ Fortier and Coun. Sheloff dished out cake and ice cream compliments of the town.
Fireworks rounded out the evening’s activities, with scores of people lining Front Street and the banks of Rainy River to watch the display that lit up the waterfront to everyone’s delight.