‘Car rally’ hailed as great success

The first-annual Fort Frances Public Library “car rally” went off without a hitch Wednesday night and has drawn a great amount of attention for the “Building for the Future fundraising campaign.
Participants decoded clues and partook in challenges that led them to a number of locations around town, as well as east and west of here.
“It was really successful and we are really happy about the attention [it] got,” said children’s librarian Andrea Avis.
“Everyone had a lot of fun, and I think more people will wish that they would have participated after hearing about it from others,” she added.
The 17 teams began their adventure at 7 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library, where they were given their first clue.
The scavenger hunt had teams go to various locations, such as Kitchen Creek golf course for a hole in one, Energy Fitness (where a team member had to run a championship lap), Global Gaming (to compete in a legal speed race), and even a tower at the Causeway, where their knowledge of the area was tested.
Members also were sent into the bush north of Eighth Street to gather a bit of the wilderness in order to collect their final clue, which would lead them to the finish line at the La Place Rendez-Vous.
But teams had to be careful in their travels with the OPP and Treaty #3 Police out in full force.
In fact, police were called to the Eighth Street ski trails because of a report from residents who live nearby that they saw a lot of activity in the bush behind their homes.
At the “Vous,” teams signed in and tried their luck at a poker hand. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed refreshments in the banquet hall upstairs.
B•93 fm’s Team #2 (Jay Desrosiers, “Gilmore,” and Sara Marusyk) ended up tying for first place with the Fort High Leo Club (Annelise Hawrylak, Trevor Barker, and Darcy Jones).
“Hayden + two” (Rochelle Bird, Ray Allen, and their son, Hayden) had the best poker hand.
Avis noted they plan to hold the event again in the future.
“We are definitely doing his again,” she enthused. “We are already thinking about new clues and ideas of how to improve the adventure.”
The “rally” raised about $350 for the new library, which is going to be built at the corner of Reid Avenue and Second Street East.