Exciting summer

There was a time in Fort Frances where very few summer community activities occurred. Not anymore.
One only has had to look at this year’s July calendar.
In the last weekend of June, Couchiching First Nation was going to play host to their giant annual pow-wow.
At the same time, teams of Dragon Boat racers filled the riverfront racing in the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival.
No sooner was that finished, when the district prepared for Canada Day celebrations finishing with the huge fire works display in Fort Frances.
This weekend, the “Harmony of Nations” music festival will be held under the tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. It attracts musical performers from across Canada and presents a different focus to the community.
Next weekend, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship will fill the waterfront as anglers compete for thousands in cash. Nightly entertainment including the ever-popular “Quest for the Best,” will have the tent rocking for a second weekend.
The weekend after, the Stanley Cup will arrive in Fort Frances.
Duncan Keith, now playing for the Chicago Blackhawks began his hockey career in Fort Frances has arranged for the Stanley Cup to come to Fort Frances on Saturday, Aug. 1. Throughout the day, autographs will be signed.
It is expected that busloads of young people will arrive in the community to see and hear Duncan.
All of these celebrations have been organized by volunteers who work throughout the year to create excitement in the community. Now we are experiencing weekend after weekend of excitement in the summer.
A debt of gratitude is owed to each of those planning and organizing committees. It makes for an exciting summer in Fort Frances.