Entry deadline for ‘Quest’ extended

Still searching for more people to sing in both “Quest for the Best” and the inaugural “Kiddie Quest” next month, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce has extended the deadline to register to this Friday (June 24).
The deadline had been this past Friday, but there still were quite a few spots open for both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” by the end of the day, organizer Dawn Booth noted.
“We have 10 people confirmed for ‘Quest’ and seven or eight for ‘Kiddie Quest,’” Booth noted, adding she hopes to hear from more contestants prior to this Friday.
Both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” need full line-ups (20 and 10, respectively) to go ahead, Booth stressed.
She also warned that organizers can’t wait too much longer because they have to get all the contestants’ information as soon as possible.
Among other reasons, they have to find out what songs the contestants will be singing so the back-up band, “The Faculty,” can learn the music in advance of the July 18 event.
The band will be doing the music for both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest.”
The cost to enter “Quest” is $25 for a solo performer and $35 for a duet. “Kiddie Quest” costs $10 to enter.
A new addition this year, Booth said “Kiddie Quest” will run exactly like the normal version, with the only differences being that it’s open to contestants aged 13 and under and only a total of 10 contestants will compete.
“Kiddie Quest” will take the stage under the big tent at the Sporting Gap Marina before the regular “Quest,” likely at 6 or 6:30 p.m., and run about an hour.
As in past years, “Quest for the Best” will see a field of 20 individuals or duets 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 also said both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” still are in need of some sponsors.
While most of the sponsors for “Quest” already have been confirmed, organizers are looking for help with the first-place ($500) and second-place ($300) prizes.
And they need one $500 sponsor for “Kiddie Quest.” This sponsor would be the sole sponsor of the event, covering all the prizes.
Booth noted “Quest” tickets will be on sale during the first week of July. They’ll cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
For more information on being a sponsor, or to pick up an entry form, call Booth at 274-5773 or drop by the Chamber office (474 Scott St.)