Date set for ‘Quest’ ‘Kiddie Quest’ new this year

For the first time ever here, singers of all ages will get a chance to see who’s tops when the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce holds both “Kiddie Quest” and “Quest for the Best” this summer.
“We sat down with the bass committee and it’s confirmed that we’ll be having it [‘Quest’] on Monday, July 18,” Chamber office manager Dawn Booth said last week.
“So we’ll be kicking off the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship,” she added, noting previous “Quests” had taken place on the Wednesday of the bass tournament.
But Booth said she doesn’t feel the change in the day will make any difference to attendance.
“I think it’s just that popular that we’ll still sell out,” she reasoned. “Plus, with the ‘Kiddie Quest,’ we have something fun, something new, that will draw people in.”
Booth explained “Kiddie Quest” will be run exactly like the normal version, with the only differences being that it’s open to contestants 13 and under, and only will see a total of 10 contestants compete (as opposed to 20 for “Quest”).
“Kiddie Quest” will take place on the stage underneath the big tent at the Sporting Gap Marina before the regular “Quest,” likely at 6 or 6:30 p.m., and only run about an hour.
As in past years, “Quest for the Best” will see a field of 20 individual singers or duets take the stage to compete for prizes.
Contestants must be 14 or older. And while they cannot have won last year’s “Quest,” they could be a winner from any of the previous ones.
Booth noted contestant registration forms for both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” are available now. The cost to enter “Quest” is $25 for a solo performer and $35 for a duet.
“Kiddie Quest” will cost $10 to enter.
The deadline to enter both contests is Friday, June 17.
Booth also said both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” are in need of sponsors.
While the two $150 People’s Choice sponsors for “Quest” already have been confirmed, organizers are looking for help with the first-place ($500), second-place ($300), and third-place ($200) prizes, as well as for Contestants’ Choice ($100), Audience Response ($100), and Most Original ($100).
As well, local businesses can pay $100 and be a general sponsor.
Booth said organizers need one $500 sponsor for “Kiddie Quest.” This sponsor would be the sole sponsor of the event, covering all the prizes.
For more information or to pick up an entry form, call Booth at 274-5773 or drop by the Chamber office (474 Scott St.)