FFCBC needs ‘Daytime Land’ director

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is less than two months away but the annual event still has a “big issue” to be worked out, said chairman Jim Cumming.
The two “Daytime Land” directors—in charge of events for children aged three-16, such as 3-on-3 basketball, face-painting, watermelon-eating contests, and others—resigned months ago and the FFCBC committee still is looking for volunteers to take their place.
“We have been unable to find someone to become a director to take on that portfolio,” Cumming said last week, who now is in the regrettable position of perhaps having to shelve the “Daytime Land” activities because time is running out.
“Now we don’t have somebody to co-ordinate these events . . . it’s a big concern because this is a community festival,” he stressed. “It would be sad to see that part of the tournament lost.”
Cumming added the daytime events have been “a big part of the tournament for the past five years,” and attract many local youngster with no involvement with the fishing side of the FFCBC.
He urged anyone interested in taking on the job to call him at the Times (274-5373) or at home (274-3368).
While the rest of the event is mostly smooth sailing, with entertainment booked and a “full slate of anglers” ready to compete for the $50,000 first prize, Cumming said another issue has come up—the Pither’s Point dock being “out of commission.”
“It’s been a very good place and a very safe place to watch from,” he said. “There is that group of spectators who’ll be there at 6:30 every morning of the tournament for the launch.
“The dock had uses first thing in the day, and then at 2 o’clock on every day of the tournament [to check in the returning teams],” he added.
However, Cumming pledged the tournament was “looking into alternatives” and that the solution “may be as good or better” as the old dock.
The 13th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship kicks off a week-long schedule of events on Sunday, July 22.
It attracts anglers from across North America in pursuit of $170,000 in prize money, including the $50,000 for the winners.