Saturday, August 1, 2015

Festival deadline set for tomorrow

Those interested in participating in the 74th-annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts just have until tomorrow to submit their entry forms.
“There has been a bit of confusion with the deadline date but it is tomorrow,” said Festival committee chair Joleen Beninger.

She noted some entry forms have Feb. 14 listed as the deadline but, in fact, it is a week later.
Beninger said entries must be postmarked tomorrow, even though they may not be received until early next week.
Alternatively, entry forms also can be dropped off at 509 Crowe Ave. here.
“We’re looking forward to a very successful Festival this year,” Beninger enthused.
She said the committee is hoping there will be plenty of new faces participating this year, as well as those who have competed before.
Entry forms, the syllabus, and resource manual for 2014 can be found on the Festival website (, and participants are encouraged to print off their own copies.
“They can print just the pages they need,” Beninger stressed, noting it’s both a cost-saving measure for the Festival as well as an environmental benefit.
However, those who do not have Internet access still can view a hard copy of the documents at district schools and public libraries.
“And if anyone has any questions or comments, they are more than welcome to contact us,” Beninger said.
“You don’t have to have a teacher to enter and you don’t need to be taking formal lessons,” she added.
“If you can memorize, read, sing, or play an instrument, you can participate.”
The divisions include Vocal, which this year will run April 1-3, French Drama (April 2), Instrumental (April 3-4), Piano (April 7-11), and English Drama (April 14-17).
For more information, call Beninger at 274-5399 or visit

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