|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2011)|
|• Mayor||Vince Sheppard|
|• Federal riding||Thunder Bay—Rainy River|
|• Prov. riding||Kenora—Rainy River|
|• Land||203.54 km2 (78.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Postal code||P0W 1E0|
It is known for its stock car races, its picturesque, family-friendly waterfront park, the annual Rainy River Agricultural Fair (cattle industry is key in the area) and the Emo Walleye Classic fishing tournament.
Emo was officially created on July 1, 1899, and celebrated its centennial in 1999. Emo's first reeve was Alexander Luttrell, an Irishman who named the town after a namesake village in Ireland near where he was born. The council was composed of Charles Fisher, John Dungey, Benjamin Phillips, and Thomas Shortreed. 
Emo is located in the Rainy River District. The current Mayor is Vince Sheppard, while Gary Judson, Anthony Leek, Vernon Thompson, and Ken Fisher are Councillors. They were elected in 2010, with Judson being re-elected and Ken Fisher being appointed in January 2013 after another councilor resigned. Elections are held every four years, in October.
Emo is about halfway between two bridges to the United States, one at Fort Frances (approximately a 30-minute drive) and the other at Rainy River (about 40 minutes by road). It is identified in many cycling resources as an excellent overnight stopping point because of the facilities (shelter, showers and bathrooms) available in the waterfront park.
There are many volunteer groups and a strong sense of community in Emo. In Emo's Lion's Park, a picturesque riverfront area, a new play structure was funded through volunteer fundraising efforts, and a 2005-2006 fiscal year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation . The park is also home to the Emo Spray Park, a $500,000 community-driven project completed in July 2010. A safe way for kids to engage in water play, the spray park attracts thousands of visitors in the summertime.
The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 144 Fort Frances meet in Emo, led by Lieutenant Terry Newman.
The Emo Speedway draws race participants and fans from the central United States, Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. The track is a 600-metre, high-banked dirt oval track which operates every Saturday from May through Mid-September.
Initially located in private homes of local women, the town library was moved to the schoolhouse in 1940 and to its own building in the 50s.
- Population in 2011: 1252
- Population in 2006: 1305
- Population in 2001: 1331
- Population in 1996: 1366
- Population in 1991: 1275
Emo Walleye Classic
The Emo Walleye Classic is a two-day catch and release fishing tournament held annually in Emo, during the final week of May each year. It takes place on the Rainy River, which marks the border between Minnesota and Ontario.
Upwards of sixty Canadian and American teams of two participate each year, each paying a participation fee ($600 in 2009). An organizing committee and many local volunteers assist at the event, and many local businesses and individuals sponsor the event.
On each morning of the tournament, anglers head upstream and downstream from the Emo waterfront to their chosen fishing spots. The weigh-ins are held in the evenings at the Emo/LaVallee Community Centre where results are posted live. On the final day of the tournament, the top ten teams from day one are brought into the arena with their boats.
The tournament began in 2002 with forty-four participating teams, and has grown since then, with sixty-five teams competing in 2009. The first winners were Harvey Cochrane and Oliver Gibbons who won as a result of the leading team having three fish over the legal size. In 2008 Doug McBride of Devlin, Ontario and Steve Ballan of Fort Frances, Ontario became the first team to win the tournament twice.
- 2011: Rod Woodgate and Dylan Swire; Weight: 19.67 lbs
- 2010: Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha; Weight: 11.32 lbs
- 2009: Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul; Weight: 24.98 lbs
- 2008: Doug McBride and Steve Ballan; Weight: 24.89 lbs
- 2007: Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha; Weight: 19.47 lbs
- 2006: Todd Grennier and Eric Lessman; Weight: 16.12 lbs
- 2005: Doug McBride and Steve Ballan; Weight: 25.82 lbs
- 2004: Dale Hartlin and Dan Pollard; Weight: 20.28 lbs
- 2003: Todd Baker and Greg Stahn; Weight: 19.22 lbs
- 2002: Harvey Cochrane and Oliver Gibbons; Weight: 15.00 lbs
- Biggest fish
2005 Tournament - Day 2 - Doug McBride and Steve Ballan: 10.02 lbs
- Biggest catch
2005 Tournament - Day 2 - Doug McBride and Steve Ballan: 15.06 lbs
- Highest tournament two-day total
2005 Tournament - Doug McBride and Steve Ballan: 25.82 lbs
- "Emo census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
- Our Town's Past: Official Visitor's info from the township
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
- Emo Walleye Classic Homepage - www.emowalleye.com
- Township of Emo
- Emo Walleye Classic
- Rainy River Agricultural Fair
- The Town Public library
- Emo Speedway
- Knox United Church
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